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Training Graduate PhD Salary Award (TGP)

Grants to Canada Research Institute, University, and
Health Care Agency PhD Students to Support Health Research

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The Arthritis Society

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Canada research institute, university, or health care agency PhD students to support health research. Funding is intended for PhD research projects that have a clear link to the funding source's priorities. Funding priority areas are pain, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, childhood arthritis, and work-related research.

Salary awards are offered to graduate students who are undertaking full-time research training in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and the Arthritis Society’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Accelerating Impact - Research Strategy which aims to identify research avenues that focus on areas of highest priority to patients and achieve the highest levels of scientific excellence and rigour. Applications must focus on innovative research efforts in the following priority areas.

Pain research in:

  • Improving our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of pain
  • Translating basic science discoveries into practice
  • Improving techniques to measure pain
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Alternative approaches to pain management including research on medical cannabis from basic science, clinical, health services and policy perspectives
  • Improving self-management tools and technology enables to help manage and communicate about pain

Osteoarthritis (OA) research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what cause different forms of OA, including the underlying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
  • Understand sex and gender differences in patients with OA
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Developing more effective self-management tools
  • Improving health services and systems
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

Inflammatory arthritis (IA) research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what causes different forms of IA, including the underlaying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Improving strategies to manage symptoms
  • Developing more effective methods to support patient-physician communications
  • Improving health services and systems
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

Childhood arthritis research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what causes childhood arthritis, how to detect it earlier, and diagnose it most effectively
  • Developing new and more personalized therapies that are safe and effective
  • Innovations to improve transitions in care as children navigate from pediatric to adult healthcare settings and improve unique quality of life issues through other life changes (e.g. education, employment)

Work-related research in:

  • Providing a strong evidence base to inform workplace policies and accommodations
  • Ensuring that employees and employers have effective tools and resources to communicate how to manage chronic conditions in the workplace
  • The prevention of workplace disability and the most effective accommodations

Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in the Arthritis Society’s Trainee Workshop or attend the Canadian Arthritis Research Conference. The intent is to augment the young investigators’ training by providing a forum to share their research, gain knowledge on select topics such as consumer engagement in research, and provide networking and mentorship opportunities.

The Arthritis Society strongly values the voice of consumers in research, both in their inclusion in grant applications and the peer review process.  Applicants are encouraged to consider this in their submission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188371

Number of Grants:

Pending available funds, the Arthritis Society will fund up to seven (7) awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award per application is $21,000 annually for up to three years (3) ($63,000 total). These awards are non-renewable.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for up to 3 years.
Funding start date: September 1, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered eligible for this award, applicants must:
- Be engaged in full-time training in research in a Canadian graduate school program leading to a Ph.D.
- Be within the first three years of a Ph.D. training program at the time of the application deadline; and
- Be working on a research project with clear relevance to the research priority areas in the Arthritis Society’s 2020-25 Research Strategy.

Applications are to be completed and submitted by the candidate under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor. The supervisor must be an arthritis researcher who qualifies as a Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society. The training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. Students enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training with no research thesis are not eligible for this award.

A researcher designated as the Principal Investigator must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an eligible Canadian Host Institution such as a university, research institute or health care agency. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments (except where they hold a firm academic position at another Canadian institution), technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada are not eligible to be a Principal Investigator. Both the Principal Investigator and executive authorities of the Host Institution are required to agree to the terms of the Host Institution/Arthritis Society Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

For more eligibility information, see: Eligibility Requirements:

Pre-Application Information:

- Online Research Grants Portal: Late February 2020
- Full Application deadline: April 30, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
- Notification of decision: Mid-August 2020
- Funding start date: September 1, 2020

A maximum of one application per trainee will be permitted in the competition.

Please note the matching funds required for this program:

The program provides 50% of the salary award to successful applicants. The other 50% of the award funding must come from one or more partners (government, industry, NFP or academic institution) or be allocated from an existing research agency grant.
Successful candidates will receive up to $10,500 annually from the Arthritis Society for this award.

Arthritis Society’s 2020-25 Research Strategy:
Host Institution agreement:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Arthritis Society
393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
General Inquiries:
Toll-Free: 1.800.321.1433

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