Funding Opportunities

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2014

As the world’s leader in arthritis research, Arthritis Foundation is committed to accessing critical research dollars. Each year our Public Health Policy and Advocacy Staff, alongside thousands of arthritis advocates, implore Congress to support arthritis research funding. Among key legislative success was the inclusion of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis among diseases eligible for research funding at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s Peer Reviewed Research Program.

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides $200 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). 

 The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address one of the FY14 congressionally directed topic areas with original ideas that foster new directions in basic science and translational research; novel product development leading to improved therapeutic or diagnostic tools; or clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 

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The FY14 PRMRP will solicit research applications for 25 topics areas listed here. The Arthritis Foundation encourages interested researchers to apply for a peer-reviewed grant by visiting 


Arthritis Foundation application deadline has passed for the 2013 funding cycle

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The Arthritis Foundation Research Program seeks to maximize the impact of its research investment by focusing in three principle disease areas - Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Juvenile Arthritis. The Foundation supports high-quality, peer-reviewed research in these targeted areas.

In 2013 the Arthritis Foundation announced two research grants; the Arthritis Foundation Investigaor Award and Innovative Research Grant, which is designed to meet our constituents’ demand for more effective treatments and a cure for their arthritis. Driving the world’s arthritis research agenda by developing and supporting specialized, targeted research initiatives to push us toward cures in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis is not enough. To harness the innovation and creativity of the most talented scientists across the country, we also offer investigator-initiated grants that empower scientists to study enterprising new ideas that could lead to the miracle drugs of the future.


Innovative Research Grant - Application deadline has passed
$100,000 per year up to 2 years

The purpose of the Arthritis Foundation's Innovative Research Grant (IRG) initiative is to broaden the base of inquiry in fundamental biomedical science, clinical science and bio-behavioral research with relevance to osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and juvenile arthritis (JA). The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the lives of people touched by these diseases. We encourage applications for research proposals that involve an especially high degree of innovation and novelty and therefore, require a preliminary test of feasibility.

Please review the Program Guidelines for full description 


Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award - Application deadline has passed
 up to a level of $100,000 per year for no more than 5 years

Arthritis Foundation Investigator (AFI) awards provide support for an outstanding established     investigator with innovative, creative ideas that have the potential to move arthritis research toward better treatments and a cure. These AFI awards are for the support of research investigations that can be accomplished within a period of up to 5 years. The awards may provide salary and/or research support. This support is available to sustain individuals committed to a pioneering career dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for arthritis.

Please review the Program Guidelines for full description 


See a list of past recipients and their projects here.

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