Project Grants

Project Grants

Eligibility and Definition

The ARA Research Fund provides funding for several Project Grants each year. Larger amounts of funding are available for substantial projects which are generally undertaken by experienced researchers to generate important results on their own or to improve the likelihood of achieving government funding.


Up to $75,000



Application Process

Arthritis Australia

Past Recipients

Recipient Project
Romi Haas Living clinical practice guidelines for management of rotator cuff related shoulder pain: Priority questions
Elina Hypponen

Machine learning to predict and prevent rheumatoid arthritis

Christopher Little

Does mild joint injury and how its managed, increase risk of
catastrophic injury and post-traumatic osteoarthritis?

Claire Owen Utility of 18F-FDG Whole Body PET/CT To Quantify Disease Activity and Monitor Treatment Response in PMR


Recipient Project Further details
Danielle Berkovic Consumer-focused opportunities for reducing low-value care for arthritis  
Rachel Black A Randomised Trial of a Novel Glucocorticoid Tapering Clinic for Rheumatology Patients  
Alberta Hoi Effects of temporal withholding of mycophenolate in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus  
Angus Stock Stopping blood vessel remodelling in vasculitis Final Report


Recipient Project Further details
Zhixiu Li

Identification of biomarkers in ankylosing spondylitis

Katherine Martin Targeting a novel pathogenic neutrophil subset in SLE
Claire Owen Prospective Validation of 18F-FDG Whole Body PET/CT as a Diagnostic Test for Polymyalgia
Susanna Proudman Defining independence in the context of remission from the patient perspective: A qualitative study  
Jeanette Thom Creaky knees and exercise beliefs and participation. A mixed-methods study
Ranjeny Thomas Linking the presence of live ileal-derived bacteria in the joint as a triggering factor for the development of spondyloarthropathy
Bill Vicenzino A combined program of education and exercise versus general advice for ankle osteoarthritis: A feasibility randomised controlled trial
Nicola Burton Wellbeing and healthy lifestyle program for people with rheumatoid arthritis  
Timothy Davis The effect of sodium-glucose transport protein 2 inhibitor and fibrate therapies, alone and in combination, on the serum uric acid concentration in hyperuricaemic people with type 2 diabetes
Richard Day  Effect of self-monitoring urate levels of adherence to allopurinol  
Sultana Monira Hussain Topical corticosteroid and hand osteoarthritis  
Helen Keen Home based Education & Learning Program for Gout (HelpGout)  

Kathleen Morrisroe

Quantifying the occupational exposure to crystalline silica in systemic sclerosis: A multi-centre Australian cohort study


Johannes Nossent Defining the burden of disease for Juvenile Arthritis in Western Australia- a longitudinal Population- based cohort study  
Meghna Talekar Translating Targeted oral therapies for autoimmune diseases  
Meilang Xue Association of EPCR gene polymorphism with rheumatoid arthritis  
Recipient Project
Yingyu Feng Improving health outcomes through appropriate care: An Investigation of the Variations in Knee Replacement for People with Osteoarthritis in Australia
Tiffany Gill Sleep, pain and physical activity
Catherine Hill Development of a patient reported outcome measure (prom) for glucocorticoid impact in rheumatic diseases
Helen Keen The epidemiology and longitudinal population-based outcomes with respect to gout in a Western Australian population based sample
Luke Kelly

A multi-system approach to understand painful midfoot osteoarthritis

Marissa Lassere Treatment outcomes by gut microbiome shotgun metagenomic profiles in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Ross Penglase Immune reconstitution following Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)
Jenny Setchell Improving delivery of the biopsychosocial approach: enhancing low back pain healthcare practice
Recipient Project
Mandy Nikpour Cardiac fibrosis in systemic sclerosis
Johannes Nossent The risk and consequences of vertebral fractures for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis in Western Australia
Recipient Project
Helen Keen

Community perceptions of rheumatoid arthritis pharmacotherapy: an analysis of social media platforms

Eliza Pontifex 

Perception of pain in psoriatic arthritis
Sudha Raghunath

Cognitive dysfunction in SLE

Linda Rehaume

The relationship of IL-23 and the microbiota in the development of spondyloarthritis in SKG mice

Premarani Sinnathurai                          

Adipokines: a link between obesity and psoriatic arthritis


Recipient Project
Catherine Hill

A randomised clinical trial of colchicine in inflammatory hand osteoarthritis

Johannes Nossent                     

Investigating SLE in Western Australia

Ian Wicks

Exploring GM-CSF as a regulator and therapeutic target in vasculitis

Recipient Project
Linda Rehaume                   

Modification of the microbiome to protect against spondyloarthropathy in SKG mice

Tom Walsh

Is a change in body composition and adipokines associated with foot pain?


For information on recipients of ARA Research Fund grants prior to 2016, please contact the ARA Research Fund Secretariat

Funding Guidelines

Within three months of completion of the project for which ARA Research Fund donations were awarded, the successful applicant will be required to submit a written report in layman’s terms about the project (for publication) as well as a full scientific report to Arthritis Australia (AA) and to the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA). The ARA should also receive a copy of any publications resulting from this work. The ARA Research Fund must be acknowledged on any publication related to the funded work and oral presentations and/or posters should include the ARA Research Fund logo, where feasible.