Stars Career Development Award


The Stars Career Development award was created to help firmly establish the career of early and mid-career investigators. This salary and research funding represents a three (3) year commitment by the Arthritis Society and CIHR-IMHA, together with an additional three (3) year commitment by the applicant’s Host Institution. The program provides funding to support research programs aligned with the Arthritis Society's 2020-2025 Research Strategy. The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to five research priority areas: arthritis pain, OA, IA, childhood and work.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Institutes  of Health Research - Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA) to fund these awards (details below).

The program is intended to promote creativity in all domains of arthritis-related research responsive to the Arthritis Society’s strategic priorities. Applicants should review the Arthritis Society’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Accelerating Impact - Research Strategy which aims to identify research avenues that focus on areas of highest priority to patients and achieve the highest levels of scientific excellence and rigour.  Applications must focus on innovative research efforts in the following priority areas - Click here



To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be an eligible Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society;
  • Early Career investigators: Be within 5 years of their first academic appointment and within 10 years of their most recent graduate or health professional degree (or equivalent, in a field such as medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical studies, veterinary medicine, etc.) at the time of the application deadline. Candidates who have a firm offer of an academic appointment effective before the award start date are also acceptable;
  • *NEW* Mid-Career investigators: Be between 5-15 years of their independent academic appointment (e.g., faculty appointment).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada at the time of application with a position at an eligible Canadian Host Institution;
  • Have a commitment from their Host Institution* from the Faculty Dean or Research Director that includes: Institutional support (suitable lab/research space, resources and support, etc.); a minimum of 80% protected research time for early career investigators / 60% protected time for mid-career investigators for the duration of the award; 3 additional years of equivalent research and salary support (at an appropriate rank and salary beyond the term of this award) as well as adequate infrastructure and physical space;
  • Not hold other funding support of a similar nature and goals (i.e., recipients of salary awards and operating grants aimed at establishing their research program and/or advancing their career development as of the funding start date are not eligible to apply). These include, but are not limited to, Canada Research Chair awards, province-specific establishment grants, early career institutional chair awards and early career investigator operating grants.
  • Additional information is available in this FAQ.

The roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and Host Institution in the management of the Arthritis Society’s research and training funds are defined on the Arthritis Society’s website.

Full details here

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$125,000 annually for up to three years ($375,000 total), with an additional 3 years of support from the Host Institution of equal value.
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External Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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