Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research

Prize Description

The Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research recognizes contributions during the previous year that have significantly advanced the understanding, treatment or prevention of arthritis and related diseases. It is a fitting memorial to Lee C. Howley Sr., former chair of Revco D.S., Inc., who was instrumental in the establishment of the Revco Arthritis Research Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

On behalf of the more than 50 million Americans who have arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation extends our gratitude to the Howley family for making this prize possible. The recognition this program offers for excellence in arthritis research will ensure that the search will continue for cures to the more than 100 forms of arthritis and related diseases. The Howley family's expression of commitment offers hope that one day the problems of arthritis will be solved.

Sponsoring Organization

A prize of $10,000 is presented by the Arthritis Foundation. Support is provided by a generous endowment from the Howley Family. Award recipients must apply the prize funds toward the field of arthritis research (e.g., travel to a professional meeting to present findings, mentoring a student, laboratory costs, publication costs, etc.).


A new component has been added to the eligibility criteria for this prize. The Arthritis Foundation Howley Prize Award will be presented to an individual researcher with strong commitments to their academic field who has also demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteer work through the foundation. Nominations will be made by Arthritis Foundation employees who work with volunteers and advocates of the Arthritis Foundation mission. This prize will also evaluate the nominee’s original research conducted in the United States that was published in a peer-reviewed journal. The date of the publication for consideration for the 2017 Howley Prize Award must be after January 1, 2016.

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to performing innovative arthritis-related nominees should demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • A notable impact furthering the mission of the Arthritis Foundation
  • An ability to open doors or mobilize volunteers in expanding the presence of the Arthritis Foundation
  • Partnership development in the area of mission and/or fundraising
  • Highly successful fundraising efforts

Nominated publications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Significance: The research is in alignment with the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis and related diseases with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. 
  • Innovation: The research challenges existing paradigms and presents an innovative hypothesis and/or addresses a research gap, accelerates translational research, removes barriers and/or catalyzes the development of the field of arthritis and related diseases. The research develops or employs novel concepts, approaches, methods, tools and/or technologies.

Prize Recipient(s)

Nominations were peer reviewed by experts who did not have a conflict of interest. The prize was presented at the Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Meeting during the Evening of Honors program on November 16-17, 2016, in Phoenix.

Previous Recipients

Previous Recipients Since 1984