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Clinical Fellowship Request for Proposals (RFP)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 5:00 PM ET

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking applications from institutional program directors. The RFP is particularly interested in innovative approaches in training to prepare the next generation of rheumatologists to meet the evolving needs of the community.

For application and instructions, please visit Proposal Central and search for Arthritis Foundation. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of the words “Rheumatology Fellowship Training”. After reviewing the criteria, those who intend to apply should email the Arthritis Foundation with the subject line: “Fellowship – Yes” and in the body of the email indicate Adult, Pediatrics, or Med-Peds. 

Closed Funding Opportunities

FastOA Interventional Pilot Studies Request for Proposal (RFP)

LOI Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2022 by 5PM ET | Application Deadline: Monday, September 1, 2022 by 5PM ET

This Request for Proposals (RFP) invites applications for clinical research proposals to investigate interventions to stop or slow post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) after knee injury.  Studies are encouraged to utilize aspects of the risk calculators to identify patients at high risk for rapidly progressing PTOA to guide patient enrollment.  The goal of this funding mechanism is to support research that would highlight innovative interventions that may be advanced to Phase II clinical trials for knee PTOA patients. 
 
For application and instructions, please visit Proposal Central and search for Arthritis. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of “FastOA Interventional Pilot Studies”.

OACTN Clinical Trial Unit Request for Application (RFA)

LOI Deadline: Monday, June 13, 2022 by 5PM ET | Application Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2022 by 5PM ET

This Request for Applications (RFA) invites applications for clinical trial units (CTUs) to serve as clinical sites for Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials Network (OACTN) trials.  The CTUs will serve several key functions to advance OACTN randomized clinical trials, including identifying, screening, enrolling, randomizing, and conducting follow-ups on trial participants as well as gathering data, samples, images, and other materials to send to the OACTN coordinating center or other storage sites.

The overall goal of this funding mechanism is to support a network model that will test innovative interventions in Phase IIb or Phase III clinical trials for patients after ACL injury at risk for knee PTOA. For application and instructions, please visit Proposal Central and search for Arthritis. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of “OACTN Clinical Trial Units.”

The Arthritis Foundation’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Request for Proposals (RFP)

LOI Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022, 5:00pm ET Application Deadline: Monday July 18, 2022, 5:00pm ET

The Arthritis Foundation has previously supported ground-breaking research that led to the development of early biologics used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In 2021, the Arthritis Foundation Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee formed an Expert Working Group of academic and government RA experts to prioritize the unmet medical needs and potential research areas of interest for funding in RA research. Based on their recommendations, AF is releasing this Request for Proposals (RFP), which is open to investigators affiliated with US academic institutions and hospitals who are committed to improving the outcomes of the RA patient community through biomedical and/or health outcomes research.

A substantial portion of all RA patients are not responsive to the currently available therapies. The reasons for such variation in outcomes are not well understood but are most likely the result of a combination of factors. Recent advances in development of experimental tools and approaches applicable to the study of blood and tissue of RA patients, along with availability of clinical and demographic data linked to biologic data, provide an opportunity to gain novel insights. These insights have the potential to reveal the underlying causes of therapeutic response and non-response in RA.

For application and instructions, please visit Proposal Central and search for The Arthritis Foundation. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of the words “Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Program.”

Fellowship DEI Request for Proposals (RFP):

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022, 5:00 pm ET 

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to support the training of a diverse generation of rheumatologists and to improve health outcomes for all patients with rheumatic diseases, especially those living with arthritis. Two complementary initiatives were launched in 2021 and will continue in 2022 to support our aspirations.
 
The first initiative aims to provide seed funding to support impactful and innovative research to improve health outcomes across different racial and ethnic groups, as well as among various categories of socioeconomic status. The second initiative has a goal to increase diversity in the next generation of rheumatologists, for those who are physicians or physician/scientists. The ability of proposed projects to have a lasting impact and to be sustained beyond the award period, with potential for their findings to lead directly to advocacy and to reduce structural barriers, are considered important for success. Focus on arthritis research and curriculum development is preferred.
 
For application and instructions, please visit Proposal Central and search for Arthritis. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of the words “Fellowship DEI.”

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