Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation has funded arthritis research to understand the causes, prevention and development of new treatments for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation provides arthritis research grants to scientists at major universities and research institutes across America. One- and two-year arthritis research grants allow these newer scientists to develop their important research to a stage where it can be continued and further supported by other national agencies.
Your tax-deductible donations provide the grants that help these innovators impact arthritis research leading to the development of new treatments and the eventual end to these debilitating diseases. Call us today, toll-free, at (800) 588-2873, or learn more about the many ways you can get involved and donate to help us fund the arthritis research behind cutting-edge treatments and an eventual arthritis cure.
Funding research to cure arthritis!
The organization was initiated by a group of doctors to fund research in arthritis worldwide. The initial funding was small, but was used to fund individual scientists studying arthritis.
During this time, the community board of directors guided the Arthritis National Research Foundation to its current focus of funding young MD and/or PhD investigators transitioning to independence. Initially, the foundation funded a grant for Long Beach (CA) Memorial Medical Center to establish an Arthritis Center and purchase an electron microscope.
Research grants were made annually to scientists at institutions in California only; applications were reviewed by independent scientist-experts.
This is a groundbreaking discovery in the world of autoimmune research and the history of the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Dr. Granger’s work would lead to a whole new class of medications, today known as biologics. His work would also transform the way the foundation looked at funding research.
The focus shifted and was now on emerging investigators with cutting-edge ideas. Scientists with ideas “outside-the-box” fitting the same mold as Dr. Granger. Asking new questions to find new answers and different results. This would remain the blueprint for how the foundation would fund research.
From 1982 through 1996, a total of 15 scientists were awarded grants from $30-50,000 at research institutions in California. All have gone on to become giants in the field of medical research, making pivotal discoveries and chairing university research divisions as full professors.
One grantee funded at UCLA during this period, Betty Tsao, PhD, was the first to discover the lupus susceptibility gene. Grantee John Vaughan, MD, helped found the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and would be its first chairman, in addition to heading the American College of Rheumatology. Two other grantees funded during this period have served on the Scientific Advisory Board and are recognized as experts in their fields of study.
In 1996, the Arthritis National Research Foundation Board of Directors decided to increase arthritis research funding nationwide and hired an executive director to facilitate the expansion. The maximum grant level was $50,000; two grants were awarded in 1996-97, increasing to four by 1998-99.
With the guidance of former grantee, Gale Granger, PhD, now an Arthritis National Research Foundation board member, a Scientific Advisory Board of world-renowned physician-scientists was established to review applications and guide the grant selection process. This Scientific Advisory Board gave the foundation a high level of credibility; many original members still serve on this board, an indication of their commitment to the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s mission.
During this period, the Arthritis National Research Foundation expanded its influence funding an increasing number of grant recipients and, in 2008, raising the annual grant award available to $75,000. A total of 102 grants were awarded to scientists at research facilities across the U.S. during this period. Under a new policy established in 2003, grantees were able to apply for a second year of funding.
Shigeru Miyaki, PhD at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, discovers natural molecule that regulates the growth of cartilage
Nunzio Bottini, MD at La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and Massimo Bottini, PhD at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, both in San Diego, CA, use nanotechnology to develop focused targets for arthritis drug delivery
Chuanju Liu, PhD, of New York University, discovers a growth factor in the OA joint that, if blocked, may prevent or ameliorate joint inflammation and damage.
An independent panel of world-renowned arthritis researchers conducted a study of the foundation’s methods and results, pronouncing it “outstanding” and its overall performance the highest possible rating of 5 diamonds. Click here to see the review.
In response to rising costs in the field of biomedical research and suggestion from the independent review report, the Arthritis National Research Foundation increased its annual arthritis research grant awards to $100,000.
To continue expanding the influence and effectiveness of research funding, the foundation is collaborating with other medical research nonprofits for specific arthritis research grants.
Through web-based interviews of current and past grant recipients and strategic partnerships, interested individuals learn about the latest research from the scientists doing the work.
Every year, the Arthritis National Research Foundation has many more high-ranking, deserving cutting-edge research projects than it can fund. We need your help to keep the pipeline of research flowing. Please consider making a donation today to help us cure arthritis!