Committed to accelerating the search for new solutions to arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 million in scientific research funding to 11 individuals we’re confident can help get us there. Our 2015 request for “Delivering on Discovery” proposals resulted in 167 submissions from across the United States and Canada. A panel of advisors selected the proposals they felt showed the greatest promise of achieving a faster cure for one or more types of arthritis.
The winning proposals, which range in amounts from $216,000 to $1.35 million, cover a diversity of topics and include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and lupus. What makes this solicitation process particularly unique is that we opened it up to virtually anyone who can provide bold, new ideas that will potentially speed up the discovery of a cure, whether or not the applicant has prior experience in arthritis research. We want to engage the most creative minds in our quest for solutions to arthritis.
Submissions also needed to demonstrate a clear interdisciplinary pathway to viability in the marketplace, as well as be something people with arthritis want and that they believe is important.
“Those with arthritis are depending on us to foster a scientific discovery environment that thrives on innovative solutions,” says Ann Palmer, Arthritis Foundation president and CEO. She also noted that the 11 proposals being funded will improve clinical decision making and health outcomes through the use of new products, tools and technologies.
As the Champion of Yes, the Arthritis Foundation is embarking on a cutting-edge scientific strategy that takes advantage of new science and technology. We’re opening up the search for a cure to anyone, including young or experienced scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers and technology experts. Yes, we believe a cure for arthritis is very possible in our lifetime – and on behalf of everyone with arthritis, we’re determined to do everything we can to make that happen.
Learn more about our Scientific Discovery Awardees and what they aim to accomplish. Congratulations to all of them and our best wishes for their success!