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  • Strategic Operating Grants
    The Strategic Operating Grant program provides funding to support research proposals aligned with the Arthritis Society’s priorities. Consistent with the Society’s 5 Year Strategic Research plan, Requests for Applications (RFAs) for Strategic Operating Grants will be published for each theme (typically one theme a year).
     
    The theme for the 2017/18 competition is improving our understanding of arthritis and finding the cure.
     
    Applicants will be required to submit a Letter of Intent for approval by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) prior to being invited to submit a full application. Applications will be judged by a subcommittee of the SAC and additional experts (as necessary).


    Eligibility:

    • Applications must be submitted by eligible Nominated Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society. 
    • Awards will have clear expectations for protected time for research activities, for research productivity, for participation in Strategic Networking Workshops, and participation in the Arthritis Society’s Research Scholar webinar series.
    • Performance will be monitored annually by the Arthritis Society.Expectations are high scholarly activity, an end of‐grant reporting (including 2 years reporting after the end of grant) is expected to fully capture the results of the activities of these grants. Expectations include annual reporting, attendance at Strategic Networking Workshops, presentations in the Scholars webinar series, and acknowledgement of the Arthritis Society in all research communications.
  • Young Investigator Operating Grants
    The Young Investigator Operating Grants are intended to promote creativity in all domains of research and are therefore not restricted to the strategic themes. If a CIHR grant is awarded in the same year, the Arthritis Society’s successful applicant is expected to accept the CIHR grant. The Arthritis Society will however award the applicant $25,000 to assist with laboratory start up expenses.
     
    Applications will be judged by a subcommittee of the SAC and additional experts (as necessary).
     
    The Society will begin accepting applications for the 2017/18 competition on April 3, 2017.


    Eligibility:

    • A Young investigator is defined by the Arthritis Society as an individual who is within 4 years of their first academic appointment and has never previously held an operating grant of more than $70,000 from the Arthritis Society, CAN, CIHR, NSERC or other funding agencies.
    • The Young Investigator is expected to perform the roles and responsibilities of a Nominated Principal Investigator. 
    • Awards will have clear expectations for protected time for research activities, for research productivity, for participation in Strategic Networking Workshops, and participation in the Arthritis Society’s Research Scholar webinar series.
    • Performance will be monitored annually by the Arthritis Society.
    • Expectations are high scholarly activity, and end of‐grant reporting (including 2 years reporting after the end of grant) is expected to fully capture the results of the activities of these grants. Expectations include annual reporting, attendance at Strategic Networking Workshops, presentations in the Scholars webinar series, and acknowledgement of the Arthritis Society in all research communications.
  • Young Investigator Minor Equipment Grants
    The purpose of Young Investigator Minor Equipment Grants is to assist Young Investigators with laboratory start up costs. These grants can be combined with institutional, provincial or other eligible matching funds to purchase major equipment.
     
    The Arthritis Society will not be accepting applications for 2017/18.
     

    Eligibility:

    • This competition is open to those applying to the Young Investigator Operating Grant competition.
    • Only equipment that can be shown to be the primary research tool of a recipient of a Young Investigator Operating Grant is eligible for support.
  • Models of Care Catalyst Grants
    The Models of Care Catalyst Grant program provides one-time funding to catalyze research in models of care in preparation for larger scale competitions to be offered by the Arthritis Society and other funding agencies. Funds can be used to synthesize relevant knowledge, develop state-of-the-art approaches, cultivate transdisciplinary collaborations, and integrate tools, research designs and methods. Some examples of the focus of proposals to be funded under this initiative include, but are not limited to: access to care, populations in need (Aboriginal, pediatric), issues of pain and work disability, disease management, and outcomes.
     
    This grant competition may not be available annually. The Arthritis Society will not be accepting applications for 2017/18.


    Eligibility:

    • Applications must be submitted by an eligible Nominated Principal Investigator (NPI) as defined by the Arthritis Society.
    • The roles and responsibilities of NPI, Co-Principal Investigator and collaborator are defined in the Arthritis Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].
    • The roles and responsibilities of an Eligible Institution to receive and manage the Arthritis Society’s research and training funds are defined in the Arthritis Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].
  • Investigator Salary Award
    An Investigator Award supports individuals who are 4‐10 years into their careers as investigators and have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated leadership in arthritis research. The award is intended for those who, early in their careers, have developed a reputation for excellence in arthritis research. Leadership plays an important role in this position. A national reputation, working towards an international reputation, of excellence is expected at this stage.
     
    Investigators of the Arthritis Society are expected to have at least 75% protected time for arthritis‐related research, participate in Strategic Networking Workshops, participate in the Arthritis Society’s Research Scholar webinar series, acknowledge the Arthritis Society’s support in their written and oral presentations of their research, and be available to support the Communications officer of the Arthritis Society and as occasional public spokespersons for the Arthritis Society as appropriate.

    This grant competition may not be available annually. The Arthritis Society will not be accepting 2017/18 applications for the Investigator Award.


    Eligibility

    Eligible candidates must:
    • Hold either a health professional degree, or a PhD (or equivalent);
    • Hold peer‐reviewed operating funds as a principal investigator at the time of submitting an Investigator application;
    • Have held a full time research appointment for a minimum of four years but not more than ten years as of the competition deadline. Time spent in research appointments in a non‐academic setting (e.g., industry, government) may count towards the five to ten year limit if the candidate has been actively engaged in research, as demonstrated by the candidate's publication record, and the candidate was not considered to be in training (e.g., as a student or postdoctoral fellow);
    • Have a written commitment from the Institution, via letter from the Dean of Faculty or Research Director, which accompanies the application, committing to:
    • Institutional support;
    • A minimum of at least 75% protected research time for the duration of the award.
  • Young Investigator Salary Award
    (Previously called the Network Scholar Award)

    The Young Investigator Salary Award is intended to provide junior academics within 4 years of a full time research appointment, with what would usually be their first opportunity, upon completion of training, to demonstrate their ability to initiate and carry out independent research of relevance to arthritis, before becoming involved in carrying out the full research and teaching duties expected of a regular member of the university staff.
     
    The Arthritis Society will not be accepting 2017/18 applications for the Young Investigator Salary Award.


    Eligibility

    A candidate must:
    • Hold either a clinical health professional degree or a PhD;
    • Be a Canadian citizen/ or landed immigrant;
    • Be within 4 years of a full time research appointment at a Canadian university or affiliated research institute or hospital;
    • Have a written commitment from the Institution, via letter from the Dean of Faculty or Research Director which accompanies the application, committing to:
      • Institutional support;
      • A minimum of at least 75% protected research time for the duration of the award.
      • Assumption of continued salary support upon completion of the award
  • Networking/Knowledge Translation Grants
    Networking/Knowledge Translation (KT) Grants are intended to provide support for meetings that promote the development of new research teams, for grant planning specifically for arthritis‐related research projects, or for special dissemination/translation of research.
     
    This grant competition may not be available annually. The Arthritis Society will not be accepting Networking/KT Grant applications in 2017.
     

    Eligibility:

    Grants are open to scientists, trainees and consumers
     
    Funds may be used for:
    • Travel and accommodation for participants
    • Meeting rooms and associated meeting costs (.g. audio‐visual equipment, videoconferences)
    • Hospitality costs (non‐alcoholic refreshments or meals).


Clinical

 

  • CRA (CIORA) TAS New Clinical Investigator Grants
    The Clinician Investigator Salary Award is intended to provide new clinician investigators, within 4 years of a full time clinical faculty appointment, with what would usually be their first opportunity, upon completion of post graduate training, to demonstrate their ability to initiate and carry out independent research of clear relevance to arthritis, before becoming involved in carrying out the full clinical, teaching and research duties expected of a regular member of the university staff.
    • Awardees are expected to complete a research project during the term of this salary award. The proposed project must be of clear relevance to inflammatory arthritis and be aligned with one or more of the research pillars under the Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) grant program:
      • Awareness/Advocacy/Education
      • Early Access for Inflammatory Arthritis Patients
      • Multi‐Disciplinary Care Teams 


    Eligibility:

    A candidate must:
    • Be a certified Rheumatologist;
    • Be a CRA member in good standing;
    • Be a Canadian citizen/ or landed immigrant;
    • Be appointed to a CIHR‐approved academic institution;
    • Be within 4 years of their first clinical faculty appointment;
    • Have a written commitment from the Institution, via letter from the Dean of Faculty or  Research Director which accompanies the application, committing to:
      • Institutional support;
      • A minimum of 75% protected research time for the duration of the award.
  • Geoff Carr Lupus Ontario Fellowship
    Members of Lupus Ontario (formerly known as the Ontario Lupus Association) have established an annual Fellowship in memory of their colleague, the late Geoff Carr. The Fellowship is designed to train a rheumatologist to be an expert in the management of patients with lupus. The Lupus Fellow will follow patients at an accredited lupus clinic, supervise patient care and education, and become involved in clinical research. The stipend attached to the Geoff Carr Lupus Ontario Fellowship will be $65,000 CDN. per annum. Candidates must arrange their own place of training in Ontario.
  • Clinician / Teacher Educator Grants
    The Clinician Teacher/Educator award program aims to increase the profile of rheumatology within undergraduate and postgraduate medical school curricula in order to enhance recruitment of physicians into rheumatology training programs and eventual placement in academic Arthritis Centres and community practice in Canada.
     

    Eligibility:

    • Applicants must have completed their clinical training in rheumatology and hold a faculty/staff position at a Canadian medical school.
    • The institution where the applicant intends to reside during the tenure of the award must have an Arthritis Centre.
    • Ordinarily eligible applicants may either be commencing their first faculty/staff appointment provided they have completed additional postgraduate training in medical education or have held a faculty/staff position for a minimum of three years (but no more than five years) in order to establish a credible track record as clinician teacher/educators.
    • Successful applicants are likely to be outstanding clinician teacher /educators who are exemplary role models for medical students and medical residents considering a career in rheumatology and/or education.
  • Arthritis Centres
    Arthritis Centres are funded to supplement and leverage resources at medical schools and to increase the profile of arthritis within universities.
     
    The focal points for Canada's treatment and research programs are the Arthritis Centres (AC), located in all academic rheumatology divisions in Canadian medical schools, including accredited paediatric rheumatology centres. These Centres provide exemplary patient care, high standards of graduate and undergraduate teaching, and excellent opportunities for clinical and basic science research.
     
    AC Grants are made to Canadian medical schools, which in turn have made arrangements with one or more of their affiliated teaching hospitals for the provision of laboratory space and other professional and scientific amenities necessary to the success of the Centres.
     
    Directors of the Centres are full-time members of the staff of the medical schools concerned and are not remunerated under AC Grants. The Arthritis Society funds are used to provide essential teaching and research resources not available from tax funds, or through other research fund-granting programs.


Training Program


  • Graduate PhD Award
    The Arthritis Society offers studentships to PhD students who are undertaking full-time research training in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and The Arthritis Society's research strategy and Theme(s). Applications are to be made by the proposed supervisor, who must be a Canadian arthritis researcher / Investigator with a research appointment at a CIHR-eligible Canadian university or research institute. In addition to courses in research methods, the training program must include actual involvement in research. Students enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training with no research thesis are NOT eligible for this award.
     
    The Arthritis Society Training Program provides 50% of the salary awarded through this program. Applicants are required to identify one or more partners who will provide the other 50% of the salary award. Partner funding may come from government (F/P/T), industry or academic institution sources or be allocated from a research agency grant.
     
    The Arthritis Society will begin accepting applications for the 2017/18 competition on April 3, 2017.


    Eligibility:

    To be eligible for studentship support,
    • Students must be engaged in full-time training in research in a Canadian graduate school leading to a PhD.
    • Students may be supported for up to three years within their first six years of PhD training.
    • Students must be working on a research project with clear relevance to the research themes identified in The Arthritis Society's 5-year strategic plan;
    • The roles and responsibilities of an Eligible Institution receiving and managing the Society’s research and training funds are defined in the Arthritis Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship
    The Arthritis Society provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to engage in research that has clear relevance to arthritis and The Arthritis Society's Research Theme(s). It is expected that the research will be conducted under the supervision of a Canadian arthritis researcher / investigator with a research appointment at a CIHR-eligible Canadian university or research institute. Applications are to be made by the applicant with close supervision of the proposed supervisor. The training program must include actual involvement in research. Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these awards.
     
    The Arthritis Society will begin accepting applications for the 2017/18 competition on April 3, 2017.
     

    Eligibility:

    • This program provides a salary for postdoctoral fellows to work on a research project with clear relevance to the research themes identified in The Arthritis Society's 5-year strategic plan.
    • Applicants beyond their fifth year of postdoctoral work are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
    • Individuals wishing to undertake postdoctoral training in the same research laboratory (supervisor) in which they received their PhD are NOT eligible for an award.
    • The roles and responsibilities of an Eligible Institution to receive and manage the Arthritis Society’s research and training funds are defined in the Arthritis Society’s Research and Training Program Guidelines and Policies [PDF].
  • Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association
    With the support of the Canadian Arthritis Network (a former pan-Canadian Network of Centre of Excellence), arthritis trainees formed a forum through which trainees could work together to address topics important to them in ensuring successful career development.  The Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association (CATA) was chosen as the name for this organization. Primary goals of CATA are to promote networking opportunities, encourage collaborations, facilitate the development of professional skills, and provide a platform for interaction. The Arthritis Society has taken on the Canadian Arthritis Network’s legacy by continuing to provide financial and administrative support to CATA.
     
    For more information on CATA and membership, please email research@arthritis.ca
  • Trainee Workshop
    In addition to salary support, The Arthritis Society holds an annual Training Workshop for the trainees to supplement their research and training program at their respective institutes. The intent of the workshop is to provide relevant and practical sessions to help prepare the trainees in their career development. To ensure relevance, workshops are developed based on feedback from trainees from prior year’s sessions and in close collaboration with executive members of the Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association.