ANRF Will Award $100,000 Arthritis Research Grants

ANRF Will Award $100,000 Arthritis Research Grants

LONG BEACH, CA – To move science more quickly towards new treatments and a cure for arthritis, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) increased its annual research grant awards to $100,000 each. The Arthritis National Research Foundation has been funding research across the U.S. to cure arthritis since 1970. This is an increase from the maximum $75,000 per grant they have awarded for the past six years.

ANRF funds research grants to innovative researchers studying new treatments and cures for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. With the costs of biomedical research rising and the pool of research funding shrinking from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health, ANRF decided to increase its annual grant awards to enable the scientists they fund to continue their research at the highest possible level. The increase takes effect for the 2014-15 grant making cycle.

ANRF believes that the higher level of funding increases the chances of greater success in the laboratory.

“Increasing our research grants to $100,000 is a reaffirmation of ANRF’s commitment to finding a cure for arthritis,” said ANRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Carl Ware, who is professor at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. “The higher award will attract more top scientists and enable those chosen to test their hypotheses more quickly, moving us closer to new and more effective treatments. This commitment to research sends a message of hope to those suffering with arthritis.”

The next deadline to apply for an ANRF grant is January 15, 2014. Guidelines and procedures may be found on the ANRF website, www.curearthritis.org.

Receiving a grant from the Arthritis National Research Foundation is recognition of the excellence of the scientist and the innovation of the research project. The review process is highly competitive. Many ANRF grant recipients, M.D. and/or Ph.D. researchers who receive this grant early in their independent research careers, take the idea studied with the support provided by ANRF and expand on it throughout their careers. Larger funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, tend to look more favorably on applicants who have been an ANRF grant recipient.

An ANRF grant award is like “venture capital” to kick start the career and “outside the box” research idea of the investigator. ANRF funded a young Gale “Morrie” Granger, Ph.D., at the University of California, Irvine in the early 1970s when he discovered the TNF (tumor necrosis factor) molecule, integral in the inflammatory process in rheumatoid arthritis and the eventual target of today’s most effective RA biologic drugs, like Enbrel.

Increasing the amount available to top young researchers sends a signal to the arthritis research community that ANRF is more committed than ever to finding a cure and bringing hope to the millions of adults and children who spend each day suffering the pain of arthritis.

Dr. Carl Ware, Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, explains new $100,000 ANRF grant.

Carl Ware, Ph.D. Scientific Advisory Board Chairman

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