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Essential information

It's important that before applying for funding you read the conditions for the award of a grant (PDF 238KB) and our research policies.


All collaborators associated with an application who are not co-applicants are required to provide a letter of support with the application.

Ethical approval

Written evidence of such approval should be submitted with the grant application. No recommended awards for grants or fellowships will be confirmed until documentary evidence of such approval has been received.

Experimental animals

Arthritis Research UK is committed to the principles of reduction, replacement and refinement in animal studies. For further information please read our policy on animal research.

Industrial support

Arthritis Research UK will accept industrial support if it is directed towards our strategic goals and is based on a genuine research collaboration with the industrial partner(s) or an independent untied donation.

Any individual seeking Arthritis Research UK support for any research or educational activity with industrial support is required to complete a disclosure form providing details of:

  • the nature of the industrial support
  • any industrial links of relevance to the project either by the applicant(s) or their department or group.

All such material received by Arthritis Research UK will be treated in strictest confidence.

Multiple applications

We will not accept overlapping applications of the same research proposal to more than one Arthritis Research UK funding scheme. We will accept an application that has been submitted to another funding body, however, please check the eligibility criteria of the other funding body before making an application.

Previously submitted applications

Applicants must contact the research team on, before submitting a similar application that has been previously submitted to Arthritis Research UK or elsewhere. Please email a covering letter detailing the original proposal, its outcome and explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission before submitting your proposal. This should be no longer than one side of A4.

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