The funding will establish the Center for Cellular Metabolism Research in Oklahoma and supports five junior researchers.
There are no approved treatments for osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 50 million Americans.
OMRF doled out awards at its annual spring board meeting on Tuesday.
OMRF couple balances a life shared in the lab and home.
Holly Van Remmen and Tim Griffin received VA funding to focus on a pair of diseases prevalent in aging veterans.
OMRF scientists Tim Griffin and Albert Batushansky are pushing the bounds of a decades-old scientific method to study the origins of osteoarthritis.