Research Grant Program

Funding the Best Science

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

Innovative Research Grants

These multi-year grants fund high-risk, innovative projects that foster new ideas that could become tomorrow’s treatments and possible cures. Many of these creative and inventive ideas would remain unfunded without Foundation support. Read about our funded researchers and projects, or learn more about applying for a grant.

Arthritis Foundation Investigator Awards

Arthritis Foundation Investigator (AFI) awards fund pioneering investigators to meet the demands of our constituents for more effective treatments and cure for arthritis. This five-year grant will fund outstanding established investigators with innovative, creative ideas that have the potential to move arthritis research in groundbreaking directions.

Strategic Research Partnerships

By partnering with other organizations on critical initiatives, the Arthritis Foundation can leverage its investment for greater return. Learn more about these targeted initiatives in Rheumatoid Arthritis – Knowing the right treatment for each person; Osteoarthritis – Finding a way to stop osteoarthritis; Juvenile Arthritis – Helping every child with arthritis