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Our comprehensive grant program attracts new scientific talent to the field and provides opportunities for researchers to pursue the most novel ideas as well as to advance proven approaches that improve treatment. Advancing fundamental through translational and clinical research.

In addition to funding lupus research, the Lupus Research Alliance recognizes, through the  Lupus Insight Prize, critical discoveries in an area of research that is applicable to the pathogenesis or treatment of lupus. These key findings, or insights have a high likelihood of generating further significant advances by applying the insight to lupus.

Distinguished Innovator Award (DIA)

The Distinguished Innovator Awards provide outstanding scientists with substantial support for up to four years to conduct novel research into the fundamental causes of systemic lupus erythematosus. The research proposal must aim to uncover the fundamental cause of lupus and present a compelling vision of how the discovery would lay the groundwork for a cure, prevention or highly effective therapy.

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Lupus Mechanisms and Targets Award (LMTA)

The Lupus Mechanisms and Targets Award provide up to $200,000/year total costs for up to 3 years. They support highly meritorious research focused on the identification and scientific and/or clinical advancement of therapeutic targets that will lead to new therapies for lupus.

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Lupus Innovation Award (LIA)

The Lupus Innovation Award offers up to $150,000/year total costs for up to 2 years. They provide early stage support for highly innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Special emphasis is placed on lupus studies exploring fundamental mechanisms, novel targets and pathways, novel technologies, and interdisciplinary approaches.

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LRA-BMS Accelerator Awards (BMS)

The LRA-BMS Accelerator Award is a collaborative project with sponsoring partner Bristol Myers Squibb. The 2020 Award provides a collective total of $3,000,000 to support nine cutting-edge lupus research projects over two years that focus on understanding the underlying causes of systemic and cutaneous lupus, unraveling its complexity, and identifying novel biomarkers.

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