Arthritis Foundation Science Department Funding Opportunity

Arthritis Foundation 2016 Delivering on Discovery Solicitation

This solicitation is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted proposals.

The Arthritis Foundation is reviewing proposals for scientific projects that show promise to achieve a faster cure for Types of Arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation Scientific Strategy 2015-2020 prioritizes expediting scientific discoveries to reach the point of care for improving clinical decision making and health outcomes among people with arthritis. The application and review process is designed to identify projects that are a priority for people with arthritis, identify an opportunity for scientific innovation, and demonstrate a clear pathway forward to viability in the marketplace.

Each submission aligns with one of the following stages of the scientific discovery continuum as presented in figure 1 of the Arthritis Foundation Scientific Strategy 2015-2020.

  • Basic science
  • Clinical studies
  • Population health surveillance and studies
  • Systematic reviews/synthesis
  • Points of care/decision making

Each submission aligns with one of the following scientific discovery themes.

  • Understanding causation (genetics, infectious, injury, environmental, other)
  • Prevention (behavioral interventions, clinical interventions, other)
  • Faster diagnosis (biomarkers, telemedicine, other)
  • Healing bone and cartilage damage
  • Reducing and eliminating inflammation
  • Measuring and improving treatment efficacy (biomarkers, pain, fatigue, other)


The Arthritis Foundation seeks to engage creative minds across scientific disciplines — including those who have not previously taken part in arthritis research — to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances for arthritis and related diseases.

Anyone or any team with a bold idea that shows great promise is eligible for this opportunity. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to seeking out and funding not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators. Submissions from international investigators must have the potential to benefit people with arthritis in the United States. International investigators are encouraged to collaborate with U.S.-based investigators. Individuals who are successful applicants but unaffiliated with any institution or entity may be required to affiliate with one prior to commencement of the project.


An estimated maximum of $3,000,000 in multi-year awards may be approved for new Delivering on Discovery projects. Funding begins as early as November 1, 2016 and the project must start in fall 2016 and be completed within one to three years. The number of awards to be funded and the budget request is flexible.


Planned milestones and dates are provided below. These dates are subject to change. In the event of date changes, the revised schedule of milestones will be posted on the Arthritis Foundation website funding opportunities section. Due to needing additional time for patient and scientific peer reviewers without conflicts of interest to review letters of intent, the below schedule of milestones was revised as of March 11, 2016. 

Request for Letters of Intent (LOI):  January 22, 2016
LOI Submission Deadline:  February 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern
Select LOI to Receive a Request for Full Proposal (RFP):  April 8, 2016
Invite Selected LOI Applicants to write a Full Proposal:  April 11, 2016
Full Proposal Submission Deadline:  June 6, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern
Award Notifications: October 3, 2016
Funding Begins: November 1, 2016