Grant Application Requirements

Arthritis Grant Requirements

Directions on How to Apply and What to Include In Your Application

Your Application must be submitted online no later than the January deadline. Please use to read more and register as a user. Please follow all instructions and prompts. This application is supported by proposalCENTRAL. All forms needed are preloaded and will be available to you upon registration.

Cover Sheets


Be sure to complete the cover sheet for the grant in which you are applying.

  • All Arthritis Grants
  • The Arthritis & Aging Grant
  • The Psoriatic Arthritis Grant
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis Grant

Budget Page


  • ANRF will fund salaries, supplies, equipment and justified travel to scientific meetings directly related to the proposed studies.
  • Overhead, indirect costs and post-doctoral researchers “to be named” will not be funded.
  • Senior personnel (Associate professor level or above) will not be funded.

Additional Details


  • Where applicable, include Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for the use of human subjects or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for the use of animal subjects in the proposed study. Pending at time of submission is fine, but must be approved prior to funding.
  • Margins should not be less than 1 inch. Font size not less than 11-point Arial. No less than standard single-spaced lines.

Body of Your Proposal


  • The scientific content (body) of the proposal may not exceed 6 pages and should contain:
    • Specific Aims – Specific goals of the research project including relevance to arthritis and autoimmune diseases (one page recommended).
    • Experimental Design – How will the hypothesis be tested? Include relevant methods and statistical analysis. Include all figures and tables.
    • Timeline for Project.

Other items which MUST be included in the proposal:


(This not part of the 6-page scientific content limit)


  • References – complete reference with title of article.
  • Biographical sketch – Use five-page NIH Biosketch format.
  • Career Development Plan – Applicant’s future plans in 350 words or less. Include a brief history of the applicant’s association with the research institution, background leading to development of this project, etc.
  • Current and Pending Support.
  • A letter of support from your institution and/or mentor indicating their knowledge of and support for your proposed project.
  • For the Arthritis and Aging Research Grant, if you are using animals in your research, please review Principles of Animal Use for Gerontological Research.

Grant Terms


  • All Arthritis Grants (Funded by ANRF)
    • June 1 through May 31
  • Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant (Co-funded by ANRF & NPF)
    • July 1 through June 30
  • Arthritis & Aging Grant (Co-funded by ANRF & AFAR)
    • July 1 through June 30
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis Grant (Funded by ANRF)
    • June 1 through May 31


Applicants will be notified of the grant review results typically by April 30.

Application for a Second-Year Grant Award


  • Your application must be submitted online no later than the January deadline.
  • If you apply for a second year of support, you do not need to submit a separate mid-term progress report. Second-year funding is awarded on a competitive basis with all other applications. Receipt of a year-one award does not guarantee a second year of support.
  • Use the provided Cover Sheet/Abstract and Budget Form in proposalCENTRAL
  • Delineate progress made since receiving the ANRF grant, include your Hypothesis and Specific Aims for the second year.
  • If there have been any changes since your original application, please explain.
  • Include any publications or presentations resulting from the work done thus far.
  • Limit length of scientific content to 6 pages, as in original application.
  • Outline any pending support.
  • The Arthritis & Aging Grant is not available for a 2nd year of funding, but you may apply for the All Arthritis Grant from ANRF for your 2nd year.


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