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Types of grant

Last year we redefined our purpose and agreed a new strategic focus to 2020 to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis so that they can say, “I am in control, independent and recognised”.

Our ambition is to transform the lives of people with arthritis whilst continuing to fund ground breaking research aimed at preventing the onset of arthritis and developing a cure for arthritis. To achieve this, we're transforming the scope of our research investment and adopting a new approach to funding, including changes to our committees and new areas of research investment.

More information can be found in our new approach to research funding announcement. Over the coming months, these pages will be updated to reflect the changes as more information becomes available.

From 2016 the traditional cycle of open project and programme grant calls will be replaced by dedicated calls that focus on key challenges.  For 2016/2017 the first of these will address musculoskeletal pain. To follow this, we are developing an ambitious research investment where we will challenge the community to undertake research to stack the odds towards a cure. We are currently finalising the scope and dates for this call and information will be available on our website in the coming months.

Please check our application deadline page for calls that are currently open and keep up to date with the latest research news and information through our News for researchers




Help us stack the odds towards a cure

We are inviting applications for research proposals that will move us further along the pathway to developing a cure and more effective treatments for people with arthritis.

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Immune Homeostasis Innovation Workshop and Seed Funding Award – Call for applications

The Immune Homeostasis Innovation Workshop and Seeding Funding Award is a new initiative jointly funded by Arthritis Research UK and Cancer Research UK. It aims to catalyse multidisciplinary collaborations across disease areas, to generate novel and innovative ideas that will lead to new treatments for cancer and arthritis.

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Joint-funded MRC Clinician Scientist

These fellowships allow talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research, establish a research team and make the transition to independent investigator.

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MQ co-funded Fellows Award

The Arthritis Research UK/MQ co funded Fellows Award is designed to support early career researchers investigating questions that examine mental health conditions associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Together, we recognise the significant mental health burden that musculoskeletal disease can bring, in particular as a result of chronic pain, and the impact this can have on quality of life.

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Transforming musculoskeletal health: Applied health research

These awards support research whose intended primary outcomes will lead to improvements in the quality of life of people with arthritis and/or contribute to the evidence base of knowledge that will lead to improvements relevant to people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

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Pain Challenge

The focus of this pain challenge is on fundamental biomedical discovery pain research, to increase our understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms and pathways which underlie musculoskeletal pain and/or lead to the prevention of musculoskeletal pain, or identification and development of new treatments for pain.

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Starter grants for clinical lecturers

This scheme is a partnership between the Academy of Medical Sciences and Arthritis Research UK. Other partners in this scheme include the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council, the Royal College of Physicians and Diabetes UK.

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Medical technologies proof of concept

Funding is intended to develop or evaluate innovative technologies that help support individuals suffering with musculoskeletal conditions.

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Priorities in Clinical research

Clinical research grant applications must support proposals to provide hypothesis-led assessment of clinical management or outputs required to conduct assessment of clinical management.

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Career development fellowship

Career development fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists and allied health professionals in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions.

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Clinical research fellowship

Clinical research fellowships are our entry-level scheme for clinicians. They're awarded to encourage clinicians into an academic research career in rheumatology or any related field concerned with the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (including surgery and general practice).

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Foundation fellowship

Foundation fellowships are our first postdoctoral awards for basic scientists and non-medical PhD students (including nurse and allied health professionals, and veterinary surgeons).

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PhD Scholarship scheme

A limited number of these prestigious PhD scholarships are available to encourage the best graduates to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

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Senior research fellowship

Senior research fellowships are awarded to outstanding medical or science graduates committed to a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases who don't hold an established academic post.

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Translational awards

Translational awards provide support for research which bridges the gap between basic science and clinical research.

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Educational grants, fellowships and internships

We offer a range of funding opportunities to allow healthcare professionals and students to develop their interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

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Health services research

The focus of this initiative is on research that covers four themes – health and care service improvement, health promotion/prevention, health economic evaluation, and health intelligence and data linkage.

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For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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