The NIAMS funds research at institutions throughout the U.S. and around the world. We accept investigator-initiated applications, as well as accept applications for research grants and contracts in response to a published funding opportunity announcement-Request for Applications (RFA), Request for Proposals (RFP) or Program Announcements (PA).

Arthritis Biology Program

Research on a number of arthritic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, Lyme arthritis, gout, and more.

Bone Biology, Metabolic Bone Disorders, and Osteoporosis Program

This program supports research on bone biology, clinical research on osteoporosis, metabolic bone disorders and bone quality.

Cartilage and Connective Tissue Program

Research on cartilage and connective tissue, and the conditions that affect them.

Clinical Osteoarthritis and Diagnostic Imaging Program

Research on clinical osteoarthritis; bone quality and skeletal imaging; and human genetics of bone and cartilage.

Clinical, Integrative Physiology, and Rare Diseases of Bone Program

Research to study the mechanisms, pathogenesis, and pathophysiology of bone diseases and their interaction with tissues and organs.

Epidermis, Dermis and Skin Senses Program

Research basic, translational, and clinical studies of extracellular matrix (ECM) biology and diseases.

Muscle Development and Physiology Program

Research to understand the development, growth, and maintenance of muscle tissue, including muscle regeneration and the biology of stem cells.

Muscle Disorders and Therapies Program

Research on acquired and inherited diseases of the skeletal muscle, and muscle atrophy and injury.

Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Program

Research on tissue engineering and repair of musculoskeletal tissues that explores new approaches to tissue regeneration.

Orthopaedic Implant Science Program

The Orthopaedic Implant Science Program supports preclinical testing and development of orthopaedic implants and preclinical studies on implant wear and osteolysis.

Orthopaedic Research Program

Research on orthopedics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, including studies of orthopedic devices and joint replacement.

Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program

Basic research to study behavioral interventions, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune mechanisms, behavioral and social research, and epidemiology.

Rheumatic Diseases Genetics and Translational Research Program

Research to find genetic factors that influence rheumatic disease susceptibility and severity, and to explore possible treatments.

Scleroderma, Fibrosis, and Autoinflammatory Disease Program

The Scleroderma, Fibrosis and Autoinflammatory Disease Program supports studies of basic, translational, and pre-clinical studies on scleroderma, fibrosis, and autoinflammatory diseases.

Skin Immunology and Diseases, Skin Microbiome Program

Research on the immunobiology of the skin, including the regulation of skin immune responses and immune system cellular components.

Skin Repair, Pigmentation and Appendages, Vasculature/Lymphatic Systems Program

Research on epidermal repair and regeneration and melanocyte biology, including the wound healing process and skin cell development.

Systemic Autoimmune Disease Biology Program

Basic and translational research on systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic scleroderma, and autoimmune myositis.
Last Updated: August 2020