The Arthritis Foundation is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to support the training of a diverse generation of rheumatologists and to improve health outcomes for all patients with rheumatic diseases, especially those living with arthritis. Two complementary initiatives were launched in 2021 and will continue in 2022 to support our aspirations.
The first initiative aims to provide seed funding to support impactful and innovative research to improve health outcomes across different racial and ethnic groups, as well as among various categories of socioeconomic status. The second initiative has a goal to increase diversity in the next generation of rheumatologists, for those who are physicians or physician/scientists. The ability of proposed projects to have a lasting impact and to be sustained beyond the award period, with potential for their findings to lead directly to advocacy and to reduce structural barriers, are considered important for success. Focus on arthritis research and curriculum development is preferred.
For application and instructions, please visit https://proposalcentral.com/GrantOpportunities.asp and search for Arthritis. The instructions can be downloaded by clicking the paper icon to the right of the words “Fellowship DEI”. After reviewing the criteria, those who intend to apply should email [email protected] to give the Arthritis Foundation a heads up, with the subject line: DEI - Yes. For questions or concerns about ProposalCentral, please email [email protected].