Arthritis Society - Strategic Operating Grants (SGO)

The SOG program provides funding to support research proposals aligned with The Society's priorities. Consistent with the Society’s 2015-2020 Research Strategy, Requests for Applications (RFAs) for SOG will be published for each theme (typically one theme a year). The Society will be accepting applications relevant to:

Strategic Theme I: Improving our understanding of arthritis and finding the cure.

Research under this theme will seek to improve our understanding of the causes of arthritis in order to develop new approaches to alleviate the pain, prevent and/or slow the progression of disease, restore joint function, and eventually cure those affected by arthritis.

Research programs relevant to Strategic Theme I will have a main objective of:

  • Understanding arthritis and arthritis pain pathophysiology and identifying therapeutic opportunities;
  • Identifying and characterizing risk, and causal factors and/or development of arthritis and arthritis pain (including: biologic and endogenous factors; physical environment; and, psychological, social and economic factors);
  • Discovering, developing and evaluating diagnostic (early detection), prognostic and predictive markers and technologies (such as imaging, diagnostic and other assessment tools) of disease (including: biomarker discovery and evaluation);
  • Discovering, developing and evaluating potential therapeutic interventions in model systems and preclinical settings. (Including: pharmaceuticals; biologics; gene/cell/tissue therapies; medical devices; surgery (including joint replacement); and physical agents – including physical therapy, radiotherapy, ultrasound, laser and phototherapy).

Pending available funds, The Society may fund maximum of four (4) SOG applications for the 2017-18 grant competition. Applicants are strongly advised to read all program documentation listed below as well as the Research Strategy. If you have any questions, please contact the research department at


Agency Name: 
The Arthritis Society
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Amount: 
$120,000 annually for up to three (3) years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Grant Eligibility: