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Arthritis Society Canada - Ignite Innovation Grants

Opportunity NameIgnite Innovation Grants
AgencyArthritis Society Canada
ValueUp to $50,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 2 years

Abstract registration

Application due to FSc RO at for full review04-30-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-07-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review5-10-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 05-14-2024, by 5:00PM

Full application (by invitation only)

Application due to FSc RO at for full review06-11-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-18-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-21-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-25-2024, by 5:00PM
  • To support the development and testing of transformative, paradigm-shifting, concepts and approaches to address critical barriers to progress in arthritis research, challenge our understanding of arthritis and its management, and generate novel approaches to confront the challenges we face in defeating and delivering the best-evidence-informed care possible; and
  • To foster novel, high-potential projects and ideas that could be expanded in the future through additional funding sources.

The program supports different types of projects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

Applications must focus on innovative research efforts in the following priority areas:

  • Pain research
  • Osteoarthritis research
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Childhood arthritis
  • Work-related research

Studies that could impact people that experience the symptoms of Dupuytren’s Disease are eligible to apply for top up funding of up to $10,000. More details on this funding can be found here.


An applicant must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment) which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results.

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 Canada Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

The person named as the Principal Investigator remains the Principal Investigator on a grant for the duration of the grant unless given express permission by Arthritis Society Canada.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at