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Call for research proposals focusing on improving the quality of life for people with arthritis

Published on 05 March 2015

We are committed to improving the quality of life for people with arthritis so that they can say “I am in control, independent and recognised”. In line with this 5 year strategic focus, we are providing support for novel and innovative research that has the potential to make a positive and tangible change in the lives of people with arthritis.

To contribute to this priority area, we are seeking project grants that focus on pain and fatigue in arthritis and how they impact on quality of life. We recognise the scale and challenge of research in this area and we have intentionally kept the scope of this highlight notice broad. Through this notice we hope to encourage a breadth of research approaches and methodology.

Areas of interest

Some areas of interest are highlighted below, but we would encourage applications beyond this scope:

  • Understanding the biological and psychosocial mechanisms that underpin pain and fatigue and how these mechanisms can be targeted, treated or managed in arthritis (including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches)
  • Understanding the personal and clinical impacts of pain and fatigue in arthritis (to identify unmet needs of people with arthritis and build evidence for the approaches required to address these needs)
  • Methods for the quantification and measurement of pain and fatigue in arthritis (including patient reported outcome measures and clinical measures such as imaging)
  • Understanding and improving intervention compliance and adherence (e.g. to exercise)
  • Exploration of approaches to stratification of patients to aid and guide clinical decisions (including physiological, biological and psychosocial measures).

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to the project grant scheme, where a proportion of the funding budget will be prioritised to the area of quality of life. To accommodate flexibility of approach, applications between £50,000 - £300,000 for up to three years duration will be considered. Cross reference should be made to the criteria for our clinical studies funding scheme which supports interventional testing studies. If there is an ambiguity regarding the correct route for application please contact

Applications will be assessed through our usual rigorous peer review process and considered by our research sub committee, with additional relevant expert input as appropriate.

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