Every year, the field of rheumatology changes with new knowledge collected by research scientists from across Canada and around the world.  Translation of this knowledge is important for the development of evidence-based rheumatology practice.  Since allied health professionals play a large role in rheumatology, it is important that they be able to provide evidence for their roles in the field and demonstrate the positive impact that they have on the care of people with inflammatory arthritic disease.  The AHPA encourages its members to contribute knowledge to the field by holding an annual research grant competition and recognizing their research efforts at the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s and AHPA’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

The 2016 competition is now CLOSED

Grant Information

The Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA), in partnership with The Arthritis Society (TAS), National, offers an award in the form of a research grant. This grant is only offered to AHPA members.

Eligibility - AHPA Members only (registered for year of application and during grant period)

The grant is as follows:

1. $5,000 AHPA/TAS research grant

Types of funding that this grant will support include:

Seed funding:
• To assist arthritis health professionals (members of AHPA) to improve their ability to compete for funds from voluntary, professional and government funding agencies.

• This type of funding is intended to support the development of a research protocol. It will assist in defraying costs involved in the development of research protocols for the fields of predictive research, clinical research, health care research, and instrument validation.

• This type of funding may be used to employ assistants (technical or professional), to remunerate professional advisors, to defray the costs of gathering the relevant information (computerized searches, photocopies) and to support travel costs directly related to the development of the protocol. It supports development of both qualitative and/or quantitative research relevant to arthritis care.

Project funding:
• To support research projects that are designed to further develop the art and science of arthritis care conducted in Canada with a focus on care provided by arthritis health professionals.

• This type of funding is for the support of research projects with a defined objective. These grants may be used to employ assistants (technical or professional) or student trainees, to remunerate professional advisors, to purchase materials and supplies, and to support travel costs.


1. Research Grants are awarded by the AHPA on the advice of its Grant Review Panel that includes the Research Committee and 4 external reviewers, including one patient. The Grant Review Panel of the AHPA reserves the right to approve or decline any application.

2. Research Grants are awarded only to sound proposals on the advice of the Grant Review Panel, and not necessarily on the highest ranked proposal among the applications for the funding year/cycle. The Grant Review Panel of the AHPA reserves the right to decline awarding the grant for any year.

3. Research Grants are open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or people who reside in Canada (for the duration of the grant) with a valid work or student visa.

4. When more than one applicant is involved, the principal investigator must be a current member of AHPA. In the case of co-principal investigators, at least one of the co-PIs must be a current member of AHPA.

5. Research Involving Human Subjects

If the proposed project involves human subjects, approval of the study is required from a Research Ethics Board (REB/IRB). A copy of the approval, including a copy of approved consent forms and/or access to confidential client information must be received prior to release of funds.

Investigators not associated with a university or hospital or who do not have direct access to an REB/IRB, are advised to either establish a working relationship with an REB/IRB or to constitute a committee using the guidelines published by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Ottawa.

6. Research Grants are made for 1 year from the date of announcement of the award winner, and will not normally exceed $5000. If unable to complete the research project, the grant money must be returned to The Arthritis Society. Any unspent funds must also be returned to The Arthritis Society.

7. Space and basic facilities at the institution concerned are expected as a prerequisite to an application. Funds do not cover capital equipment costs or space. Grant funds may not be used for the remuneration of the investigators directing the project.

8. Applicants are invited to submit their application for funding in English.

Click here for AHPA 2016 Grant Application file

1. Applications for Research Grants must be received by the Chair of the Research Committee (Raquel Sweezie) by midnight (EST) on Sept 30, 2016 using the AHPA application form (applicants are responsible for making sure that they are using the current version of the application regulations and guidelines). Notification on the outcome of applications will be sent via email in December 2016. The award will be announced in the AHPA Newsletter and presented to the winner at the next AHPA Annual General Meeting in February 2017. If the winner is unable to attend the meeting, they will receive their cheque in the mail.

2. Submit via e-mail your completed application and all appendices (in one PDF file) to the Research Committee Chair (Raquel Sweezie). Only applications that come in ONE PDF file will be processed.

3. All applications must be received by the Chair of the Research Committee by midnight (EST) on September 30, 2016.

4. Type applications and attachments with 1.5 line spacing (except the 5-page proposal noted below in point #5, 1.0 line spacing), minimum font size 12, and minimum 1.0 inch margins on each side, on 21.5 x 28 cm paper. Draw illustrations with clean black lines.

Notes on Application Form

5. A maximum of 5 typed pages is accepted for the Research Proposal. Format of this 5 page proposal should include single line spacing and Times New Roman font. Other components of your application should follow directions as in #4 above.

Include the following in the Proposal:
• Research objectives.
• The present state of knowledge relative to the proposed research (including relevant work done by the applicant(s).
• The research methods, study population, study design, analysis, and relevance of work/future plans.
• Address the relevance of the anticipated results to the development of arthritis care.

Page limits do not include references and appendices. A detailed description of your proposal including the above bulleted points should be included in the body of the proposal, not in the appendices.

6. Personal Data Page:
This page should be completed by the principal investigator and each of the co-investigators/co-PIs.

Review Process

7. Each application is assessed by the AHPA Grant Review Panel, which includes the Research Committee and external reviewers with suitable content expertise. Applications will be considered on scientific merit and appropriate budget requests within the framework of regulations listed above under items 2-6. A composite scoring scheme will be applied to each application based on defined criteria. The Grant Review Panel will determine whether a proposal is suitable for consideration of funding.

8. Written opinions and recommendations of the Grant Review Panel will be made available to applicants upon request. Reviewers retain the right of anonymity.

Financial Administration

9. Grants will be paid in full by The Arthritis Society to the sponsoring institution at the beginning of the one year granting period, which will begin on February 1, 2017 and end on January 31, 2018.

10. The investigator must furnish an itemized account to The Arthritis Society of receipts and disbursements following the 12 month period to which the grant is applicable. An account provided by the sponsoring institution will usually suffice. Such accounts should be itemized under captions relating to personnel, equipment, supplies and other expenses.

11. Funds not used during the period of the grant must be returned to The Arthritis Society, unless the grantee can demonstrate that the money is essential for the completion of the funded project.

Publications, Presentations and Abstracts

12. The investigator must submit a one (1) page final report summarizing the work accomplished during the period of the research grant no later than 2 months (March 31, 2018) after the end of the grant period. The final report should be submitted to Raquel Sweezie, Research Committee Chair via email at research@ahpa.ca Grant recipients must agree to have this report published in the AHPA newsletter and online on the AHPA website. Please note that investigators who do not comply with this requirement will thereafter be ineligible for further funding from the Arthritis Health Professions Association.

The investigator is encouraged to submit an abstract for presentation at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting.

If any publications, abstracts or presentations arise from the project after the filing of the final report, reprints should be furnished to the AHPA. Publications arising from research supported by the AHPA must acknowledge this support. For example, a statement such as the following should be included:

“This research was supported in part by the Arthritis Health Professions Association Research Grant, funded by The Arthritis Society”.


13. There will be no renewals of this research grant.


The winner of the competition will be notified December 2016. Award Start Date: February 1, 2017. Please address all inquiries to Raquel Sweezie (research@ahpa.ca), Research Committee Chair. 

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