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Arthritis Society Canada - Stars Career Development Award

Opportunity NameStars Career Development Award
AgencyArthritis Society Canada
ValueUp to $125,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 3 years

Abstract registration

Abstract registration due to FSc RO at for full review04-30-2024
Abstract registration and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-05-2024
Abstract registration and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review05-13-2024, by 9:00AM
Abstract registration due at agency 05-15-2024, by 5:00PM

Full application (by invitation only)

Application due to FSc RO at for full review06-12-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-19-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-24-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-26-2024, by 5:00PM

To establish the career of early career investigators and promote creativity in all domains of arthritis-related research responsive to the Arthritis Society’s strategic priorities.

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

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


To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be an eligible Principal Investigator as defined by Arthritis Society Canada;
  • Be within 5 years of their first academic appointment and within 10 years of their most recent graduate or health professional degree (or equivalent, in a field such as medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical studies, veterinary medicine, etc.) at the time of the application deadline. Candidates who have a firm offer of an academic appointment effective before the award start date are also acceptable;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada at the time of application with a position at an eligible Canadian Host Institution;
  • Have a commitment from their Host Institution* from the Faculty Dean or Research Director that includes: Institutional support (suitable lab/research space, resources and support, etc.); a minimum of 80% protected research time for the duration of the award; 3 additional years of equivalent research and salary support (at an appropriate rank and salary beyond the term of this award) as well as adequate infrastructure and physical space;
  • Not hold other funding support of a similar nature and goals (i.e., recipients of salary awards and operating grants aimed at establishing their research program and/or advancing their career development as of the funding start date are not eligible to apply). These include, but are not limited to, Canada Research Chair awards, province-specific establishment grants, early career institutional chair awards and early career investigator operating grants.

The roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and Host Institution in the management of Arthritis Society Canada’s research and training funds are defined on the Arthritis Society Canada website.

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