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Grant Funding Mechanisms

The ALR’s Lupus Research Funding Mechanisms



Target Identification in Lupus (TIL)
Accelerating Progress Toward More Effective Treatments

To learn more about our TIL awardees

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.


Functional Genomics and Molecular Pathways (FGMP)
Blazing New Avenues of Discovery

To learn more about our FGMP awardees

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.

We are currently not accepting any applications for this grant mechanism.


Alex D. Fayne Memorial Lupus Program
An ALR-CTI Jointly Sponsored Collaboration

To learn more about the ALR-CTI collaboration

The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) and Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) are excited to announce our joint collaboration.  ALR and CTI are partnering to discover and develop new therapies for patients living with lupus.   As part of this first-of-its-kind collaboration in lupus, ALR and CTI will support novel translational research projects for large molecule applications driven by leading academic medical centers within the CTI network. The goal of the jointly sponsored Research Program is to fund four new lupus projects within the CTI academic partner network at a maximum of $250,000 each year for two years.


International SLE Genetics Initiative
Revolutionizing Lupus Research

To learn more about our SLEGEN awardees

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.


Pilot Grant Program
Pursuing Research with Great Potential

To learn more about our PILOT awardees

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.


Federal Funding for Lupus Research
Giving a Voice to Those with the Disease

To learn more about Advoacy and Public Policy

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. 

1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

90 million

dollars committed to lupus research by the Alliance for Lupus Research.

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