Leading the way to a cure

Grant Funding Mechanisms

Since its founding, ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world; to date, ALR has committed almost $90 million to lupus research. Below is a list of our Lupus Research Funding mechanisms

Target Identification in Lupus

Accelerating Progress Toward More Effective Treatments

Our TIL grant mechanisms give world-class researchers the opportunity to investigate promising studies through the funding mechanism of large grants for a period of two years. The aim of all lupus research funded under the TIL program is to quickly move a therapy from the laboratory to the patient's bedside.

The ALR Scientific Advisory Board determines if an investigation is worthy of a TIL grant, which can be as much as $400,000. TIL grantees also have the opportunity to apply for continued funding up to $200,000.

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Functional Genomics and Molecular Pathways (FGMP) in SLE Grant*

Blazing New Avenues of Discovery

These studies, in uncovering a greater level of detail in how the immune system works, are expanding the list of therapeutic targets.

Selected investigators receive research grants of up to $350,000 for two years or Pilot Grants of up to $75,000 for one year. Grantees will focus on determining how the genes identified by SLEGEN may have a role in the disease, and provide further information about the molecular pathways modulated by these genes.

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*We are currently not funding any new grants under the Functional Genomics and Molecular Pathways in SLE mechanism.

International SLE Genetics Initiative

Revolutionizing Lupus Research

The ALR’s commitment to understanding the genes that predispose people to lupus led to the forming of the International Consortium on the Genetics of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLEGEN) in 2005.

Less than three years later, the Consortium made a revolutionary discovery. They identified the first 13 markers for lupus.

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Pilot Grant Program

Pursuing Research with Great Potential

Although this program has been postponed indefinitely, you may be interested in learning about past projects funded through the ALR’s Pilot Grant Program. The program was designed to provide lupus research funding of up to $75,000 to investigators pursuing high-risk but promising approaches. The Pilot program’s streamlined application process is designed to entice new minds to lend their talents to lupus research. It also encouraged well-established names in the field to try their hands at highly novel investigations.

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Federal Funding for Lupus Research

Giving a Voice to Those with the Disease

We believe that the 1.5 million Americans who have lupus deserve the backing of our government. So in addition to direct support, the ALR also advocates for increased federal funding for lupus research. And our efforts have paid off—with increased funds allocated through the Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program.

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The ALR has partnerships with several groups and organizations to work collaborativly in finding a cure across varied research models and methodologies.  Learn more here.

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106 million

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