Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

All submitted projects must clearly demonstrate the role of aging as it relates to arthritis and be an integral aspect of the proposed study.


In a collaborative effort, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) are seeking grant applications that focus on studying the underlying mechanisms by which aging processes contribute to the development of arthritis. Studies are encouraged on the role of one or more of the hallmarks of aging that include mitochondrial dysfunction, genomic instability, epigenetic alterations, loss of proteostasis, deregulated nutrient sensing, cellular senescence, stem cell exhaustion, telomere attrition and altered intercellular communication. Successful applications will utilize cell, tissue and animal model systems or human populations that allow for the study of the aging aspects of the condition of interest.


Priority will be given to meritorious applications from newer, M.D. and/or Ph.D. applicants in early stage career development (equivalent to assistant professor and without serving as PI on an NIH R01 award).

Budget and Project Period

Applicants may request up to $100,000 in direct costs only. The project period in response to this RFP is for one year. The grant period for this RFP will be July 1st to June 30th.


To apply for the Arthritis & Aging research grant please see the Apply For A Grant section. Completed applications should be converted to a single PDF file and submitted online as directed. Please use this cover sheet for your application. Click here to review all application requirements.

Research Plan Length

The body of the proposal may not exceed nine (9) pages, including figures and tables, excluding references, cover sheet and budget sheet. Applicants must use standardized cover and budget sheets provided online. All application requirements can be found in the grant application requirements section.

Submission deadline

Applications must be submitted online no later than the January deadline.

Review Process

Submitted applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of peer reviewers and the award will be announced no later than April 30th.


For more information on the Arthritis & the Aging Process research grant, contact Helene Belisle, ANRF Executive Director, at or 800-588-2873, or Odette Van de Wilik, AFAR Director of Programs, at or 212-703-9977.

Begin your application process by registering and applying for a grant.


Note: All applicants who are eligible and apply for the Arthritis and Aging Research Grant are also eligible to apply for the ANRF grant. Please just be sure to check both boxes for each grant during the application process. You do NOT need to upload two separate applications.