Areas of Focus

The needs of arthritis patients anchor all our scientific endeavors.

Our Impact Since 2018

for Osteoarthritis at 15 Institutions


for Juvenile Arthritis


for Rheumatology Workforce Development at 18 Institutions


Research Projects Supported

Current Funding Opportunities 

Every year, the Arthritis Foundation awards grants to many academic research institutions for projects showing the greatest promise of conquering arthritis. Together with scientists, we’re making significant progress in bringing to life solutions for osteoarthritis (OA), juvenile arthritis (JA) and different forms of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To see our latest requests for proposals (RFPs) in our ongoing quest for cures, click here and type in Arthritis Foundation in the search field. Also learn about eligibility criteria for our annual $10,000 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research and meet the 2021 prize recipient.

Hand in Hand With Nonprofit Partners

We’re proud of our ongoing partnership with CARRA (Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance) to fund and advance research for JA. We’re also actively participating in and supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium and several of its arthritis projects. One project aims to discover and validate new predictors of the effectiveness of new interventions for OA treatments. The other aims to discover new predictors of poor cardiovascular outcomes in RA patients. Through the Accelerated Medicines Partnership (AMP) in RA/SLE, and its new phase, AMP-AIM (Arthritis Impact Measurement), we’re actively partnering with multiple government agencies, other nonprofits and pharma companies to find common elements of several diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Sjogren’s; this large public-private partnership uses the innovative approach of disease deconstruction and reconstruction.

Closing the Gap in Rheumatology 

There’s a serious shortage of rheumatologists who specialize in treating arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, especially in underserved parts of the country. Through our fellowship program, we’re supporting the training of new doctors who will help close the gap in accessibility and disparities while improving health outcomes.

Read about our efforts on workforce development.

Convening the Brightest Minds

The Arthritis Foundation’s special focus on osteoarthritis has drawn thousands of participants to our OA Clinical Studies (OACS) sessions for in-person and virtual discussions among scientists, clinicians, patients, caregivers, physical therapists, nurses and other health care professionals. Together, we’ve dug into specific topics to help advance progress in cutting-edge OA solutions, including the importance of exercise, the progress of cell therapies and new developments in ankle OA research.

Patient & Doctor Collaboration

Effective patient-centered care is vital to better health outcomes. That’s why we’re committed to enriching the care plan created by both the doctor and the patient together. A clear dialogue is crucial to good health and control of inflammation since so much of care and treatment happens between visits.

Disease Types 

The Arthritis Foundation supports research that leads to better treatments for different types of arthritis. We spearhead groundbreaking meetings in the research field, build consensus and ensure that patient priorities are being considered.  We want arthritis patients to be able to live a life that is as pain-free as possible until a cure is found. Today, we are focusing on the three most common forms of arthritis, including OA, RA and JA. However, our research aims to find common solutions for all types of arthritis.


Along with a diverse group of stakeholders, we’re working to shape the future of the diagnosis, treatment and management of OA, which is the most common type of arthritis. 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis & Other Inflammatory Forms 
Rheumatoid Arthritis & Other Inflammatory Forms 

For RA and other inflammatory forms of arthritis, we’re supporting new ways of identifying and validating promising biological targets for diagnostics and drug development. 

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 

To help solve the unique challenges of JA, we’re contributing funds to expand the CARRA registry, as well as supporting multiple investigator-led research initiatives and consensus treatment plans fo

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Meet Our Science Team 

Meet Our Science Team 

Get to know the team that keeps our scientific strategy and initiatives on track, on the cutting-edge and patient-centered day after day. 

Meet the Team 
Meet Our Science Team 
Scientific Advisors 

Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC)

A committee of expert volunteers from top medical academic, nonprofit and government institutions who support the Arthritis Foundation by shaping our research areas of focus and helping inform our funding priorities.

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Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC)

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Stay up to date on latest developments in the world of arthritis, including new scientific and advocacy breakthroughs, progress being made and upcoming knowledge-sharing opportunities and events for the medical, scientific and patient communities. 

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    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.