Funding Opportunities

2015 Arthritis Foundation Science Department Delivering on Discovery Request for Proposals (RFP)

Request for Proposals to be released end of March/early April

The Arthritis Foundation will release a request for proposals for scientific projects that show promise to achieve a faster cure for arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation is particularly interested in expediting movement between basic research to patient-centered research to population-based research to point of care; and improving clinical decision-making and health outcomes at point of care through the use of new products, tools, and technologies for people across the lifespan with arthritis and related diseases.

The following scientific discovery themes are priorities:

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

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).

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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). 

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