Leading the way to a cure


Grant Application Deadline July 10, 2017

The Lupus Research Alliance invites applications for financial support for idea-driven, novel research projects relevant to basic, translational or clinical investigation in lupus.

Novel Research Grants provide early stage support for exceptionally creative and innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Successful proposals will advance novel hypotheses and/or technologies that have the potential to stimulate new research directions and propel the field forward. Applications will be judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, scientific quality, strength of approach, relevance to lupus, likelihood of success, and potential impact for those living with lupus. Rationale for the hypotheses proposed rather than amount of preliminary data will be emphasized. Continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate for this submission.

The program goals are to stimulate investigation of underexplored pathways and initiate transformative discoveries in lupus that can drive the development of safer and more effective treatments. Investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of lupus and its complications, explorations of novel targets and pathways, and applications involving novel technologies and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

The Lupus Research Alliance also encourages projects based on novel explorations of lupus biology, including innovative studies that use human material to address the physiological, cellular, molecular and/or genetic basis of human lupus.

Applications from investigators in diverse disciplines, including those who may not have worked in lupus are welcomed. Both established and new investigators may apply.

Applicants should hold advanced degrees and be affiliated with institutions of higher learning. Applications from outside the United States are encouraged. Grant application research plans are limited to six pages. Annual funding of up to $100,000 per year, beginning March 2018, for a term of up to three years, will be awarded for approved projects.

Full guidelines are available here. For additional information contact Meghann Vaughn, Program Manager at mvaughn@lupusresearch.org.

To submit an Application, please visit proposalCentral at http://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and search for the Lupus Research Alliance Grant Application. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on July 10, 2017.


2017 Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Awards
in Lupus and Autoimmunity

Grant Application Deadline: May 24, 2017

The Lupus Research Alliance invites applications for its Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Awards in Lupus and Immunology, a global program that will provide outstanding scientists with substantial support for up to four years to conduct novel research into the fundamental causes of lupus and so provide new directions toward cure or prevention.

Advances across many disciplines have led to novel treatments that aim to suppress the manifestations of lupus. Yet few interventions are being developed that seek to reverse or prevent the disease. Lupus Research Alliance Distinguished Innovators will address this gap by pioneering research into the fundamental, causative pathways of lupus.

In pursuit of this goal, the Lupus Research Alliance welcomes novel, hypothesis- or discovery-driven proposals in human and/or animal model based lupus research. The research proposal must aim to uncover the fundamental causes of lupus and present a compelling vision of how the discovery would lay the groundwork for a potential cure, prevention, or highly effective therapy.

The expert review panel will judge applications primarily on the novelty and potential of the research proposal, and the strengths and track record of the investigator. Emphasis will be on the rationale for the hypothesis rather than the amount of preliminary data. Continuations of long-term research projects will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be outstanding investigators who have demonstrated creativity and productivity in their field of research. We encourage applications from investigators in diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, immunology, genetics, molecular-, cell- and systems biology. Scientists who have not previously worked in lupus are encouraged to apply, as are researchers working outside the US. Applicants must hold a position at an academic institution.

Annual funding of up to $250,000 per year, for a term of up to four years, will be awarded for approved projects. We anticipate that no more than four Distinguished Innovator Awards will be made in 2017. The full grant application, including a research plan of no more than six pages is due by May 24, 2017.

Full guidelines are available here. For additional information contact Diomaris Gonzalez, Director, Grant Programs at research.admin@lupusresearch.org.

To submit an Application, please visit proposalCentral at http://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and search for the Lupus Research Alliance Grant Application. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on May 24, 2017.

2017 Lupus Insight Prize Call for Nominations Underway

The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to announce that the Lupus Insight Prize nominations are now underway. The Lupus Insight Prize recognizes a major, novel insight and/or discovery with the promise of changing thinking about lupus as well as a high likelihood of generating further advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Deadlines and nomination guidelines are available through the Altum proposalCENTRAL website at http://proposalcentral.altum.com/. Once there, search for the Lupus Insight Prize.

The Lupus Insight Prize recipient will be awarded $150,000 to be used for research dedicated to advancing understanding of the genetic, environmental, molecular, immunologic or cellular aspects of lupus and/or its treatment.

The full application must be submitted by the Nominator and the Candidate electronically by April 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET. All applications will be reviewed by members of an independent Selection Committee. Instructions on how to submit a nomination for the Lupus Insight Prize and the complete guidelines are available at here and at www.LupusInsightPrize.org.

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