Fellowships and Grants 2019-03-18T15:35:13+00:00

Fellowships and Grants

This section features fellowships and grants the CRA feels will be of interest to members.

CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator

This competition is closed. 

The CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator Award is intended to provide new clinician investigators, within 5 years of a full time clinical faculty appointment, with what would usually be their first opportunity, upon completion of post graduate training, to demonstrate their ability to initiate and carry out independent research of clear relevance to arthritis, before becoming involved in carrying out the full clinical, teaching and research duties expected of a regular member of the university staff.

Awardees are expected to complete a research project during the term of this salary award. The proposed project must be of clear relevance to rheumatic diseases and be aligned with one or more of the research pillars under the Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) grant program.

  • Awareness/Advocacy/Education
    • Health Economics/Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement
  • Early Access for Rheumatic Disease Patients
  • Multi‐Disciplinary Care Teams

Critical to the application is a letter of support from the applicant’s institution. This letter of support must detail the following: any “top up” funds for salary; confirmation that the applicant will spend at least 70% of their time in research activities; the extent to which the applicant will be exempted from teaching or clinical responsibilities (“protected time”); and office and lab space, as well as any other institutional resources to be provided. The letter of support should also confirm at least an additional 2 year commitment to the applicant beyond the two years provided by this award.

Applications will be assessed, in part, on the applicant’s merits and the commitment demonstrated by the institution in the letter of support.

Applicants will also be asked to identify an Investigator in a different discipline related to arthritis who is willing to act as a Mentor. The purpose of the Mentor is to expand the applicant’s perspective on (and experience with) collaborative multi-disciplinary research and help to facilitate the applicant’s career development.

The applicant should apply for this award and is responsible for ensuring that all documentation is received by the Arthritis Society in advance of the award application deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The award will be for a maximum of two years.

Applicants must show promise of attaining competence as an independent clinician investigator, and should not be registered in a graduate/post-graduate program at the time of application or undertake such studies during the period of appointment.

It is highly recommended that applicants who do not currently hold peer-reviewed research funds as a Principal Investigator submit an application to CIORA, the Arthritis Society’s Strategic Operating Grant program or to another appropriate agency (e.g. CIHR) simultaneously with the CRA (CIORA)-AS Clinician Investigator Award application.


A candidate must:

  1. Be a certified Rheumatologist;
  2. Be a CRA member in good standing;
  3. Be a Canadian citizen or resident at the time of the application with a position at an eligible Canadian Host Institution;
  4. Be within 5 years of their first clinical faculty appointment;
  5. Have a written commitment from the Institution, via letter from the Dean of Faculty, Institutional Research Director or Departmental Chair which accompanies the application, committing to:
    1. institutional support;
    2. a minimum of 75% protected research time for the duration of the award
    3. commitment to continued salary support for at least 2 years upon completion of the award

Past Award Recipients

  1. Dr. Zahi Touma recipient of the 2018-2020 CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator Award.
  2. Dr. Bindee Kuriya recipient of the 2015-17 CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator Award.
  3. Dr. Cheryl Barnabe recipient of the 2013-15 CRA (CIORA) Arthritis Society Clinician Investigator Award.


The Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society (CRUS) Research Scholarship

This competition is closed. 

The CRUS Research Scholarship is designed to promote research projects involving musculoskeletal ultrasound among rheumatologists in the early stages of their career. The scholarship was created to address two of the most significant barriers that prevent young rheumatologists from engaging in the field of MSK-US in Canada: limited accessibility to ultrasound, and the lack of mentorship.  Read more…


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Open Reform aims to contribute to a sustainable Canadian health research enterprise by supporting world-class researchers in the conduct of research and its translation across the full spectrum of health, and to ensure the reliability, consistency, fairness and efficiency of the competition and peer review processes. Read more…

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

SPOR is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.

The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. Read more…

Lupus Canada Scholarship

Submission deadline is May 31, 2019.

Lupus Canada is proud to announce the 2019 Lupus Canada Scholarship program. We will be offering
eight (8) one-time scholarships of $2,500 CAN to students diagnosed with lupus, who are entering into,
or currently enrolled in, a post-secondary educational institution.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body; it is both life-altering and life-threatening. Lupus Canada is a national voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with lupus through advocacy, education, public awareness, support and research.  Read more…

PHAC Funding Opportunities

Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease.

There is no deadline for this LOI process. Under this invitation, LOIs will be accepted on a continual basis; however, funding will be subject to budgetary and project considerations. Read more…


SPARCC Pilot Project Program

This competition is closed.

The Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) is again announcing a “RESEARCH PILOT PROJECT PROGRAM” which provides seed funding to support research proposals aligned with its primary objective for the advancement of spondyloarthritis (SpA)-related research. SPARCC will provide one-year seed grants to be awarded on a competitive basis to innovative proposals in the area of SpA research.
Criteria for Eligibility

The Program is open to Canadian investigators – membership in SPARCC is not a prerequisite. The awards will be for a one-year period. The maximum amount per award will be $25,000 for the one year.  A maximum of three (3) awards will be extended in 2018 to successful applicants.  Read more…

The Dr. Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship

Dr. Cy Frank was internationally known and acclaimed for his visionary efforts to lead and champion the value of multidisciplinary clinical research and the application of this research to innovative solutions for clinical care and practices. The untimely passing of Dr. Frank in March of 2015 has initiated a desire to ensure that Dr. Frank’s legacy is recognized and continues to have an impact on the disciplines that were the passion of his academic and public service careers.

The University of Calgary and the Cumming School of Medicine are establishing an endowment to create an annual travelling lectureship to honor Dr. Cy Frank’s legacy.

The Dr. Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship will be a highly publicized series of annual lectures on high impact and timely bone and joint health themes.

Visit University of Calgary website for more details