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Funding Opportunities

The Lupus Research Alliance seeks to fund biomedical research that will discover better diagnostics, improve medical treatments and advance translational and clinical research that will ultimately lead to a cure for lupus. Our grant funding opportunities provide distinct opportunities for researchers to test their most innovative hypothesis by applying cutting edge methodologies to further investigation in the lupus and autoimmune space.

Global Team Science Award: up to $3 million over 3 years. The Lupus Research Alliance Global Team Science Awards will support interdisciplinary, collaborative, and highly synergistic projects that push the boundaries of innovation and bridge research and clinical efforts in lupus. The successful Teams will focus on unraveling human lupus heterogeneity by applying cutting-edge technologies to address critical questions that could bring about breakthroughs in lupus care, research or drug development.

The Lupus Research Alliance announces the Request for Applications for the 2021 Global Team Science Award. Click here for the RFA.

RFA Release:                                      May 1, 2021

Letter of Intent Due:                         September 1, 2021

Letter of Intent Decision:                November 30, 2021

Planning grant timeline:                 December 2021 – March 2022

Full Application* Due:                     April 1, 2022

Response to Applicants:                  June 30, 2022

Anticipated Start:                             September 1, 2022

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Inquiries are best sent via email to:

Scientific: Hoang Nguyen, PhD  (hnguyen@lupusresearch.org)

Administrative: Diomaris Gonzalez (dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org)

Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Lupus Research

The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) aims to accelerate innovative research and treatment breakthroughs in lupus research. Success in this endeavor will require a talented and tenacious taskforce capable of addressing the complexity inherent to our understanding of lupus. To harness the collective power of diverse minds and address the underrepresentation of specific groups in lupus research, the LRA has developed The LRA Administrative Supplement to Promote Diversity in Lupus Research (“LRA Diversity Supplement”). The LRA Diversity Supplement is a mechanism to attract and support highly qualified and promising underrepresented minority trainees for research experiences aligned with an active LRA parent award.

Eligible PIs can request a maximum of $30,000 (up to $15,000 for pre-doctoral and up to $30,000 for post-doctoral trainees) for an administrative supplement over one or two years (as long as the parent award is active)

Open to investigators with an active LRA grant only.

Click here for the Request for Applications

Please send any scientific inquiries to:
Dr. Shayla Shorter, Scientific Program Manager at sshorter@lupusresearch.org;

All administrative inquiries should be sent to:
Diomaris Gonzalez, Director, Grant Programs at dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org.

Distinguished Innovator Award: up to $1 Million for up to four years. This grant mechanism is intended to attract exceptionally creative scientists from all relevant scientific disciplines and to provide them with robust and sustained support to explore bold and paradigm-shifting ideas that could lead to ground-breaking discoveries in lupus research. Research conducted under this grant mechanism is expected to be highly innovative and to address the fundamental causes of systemic lupus erythematosus that can provide new directions towards a cure.

Letters of Intent due on June 1, 2021

Click here for the Request for Applications

Please send any scientific inquiries to:
Dr. Hoang Nguyen, Senior Scientific Program Manager at hnguyen@lupusresearch.org

All administrative inquiries should be sent to:
Diomaris Gonzalez, Director, Grant Programs at dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org.

Lupus Mechanisms and Targets Award (formerly known as the Target Identification in Lupus grant): up to $200,000/year total costs for up to three years. Supports highly meritorious research focused on the identification and/or investigation of molecular pathways or targets that will lead to new or improved therapies for patients with lupus.

The Lupus Mechanism and Target Award will not be offered in 2021

Lupus Innovation Award (formerly known as the Novel Research Grant): up to $150,000/year total costs for up to 2 years.

Provides support for pioneering, high-risk, high-reward 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. Both early career and established investigators new to lupus with highly innovative ideas are encouraged to apply. Early stage investigators are eligible for an additional third year of funding contingent upon successful completion of the original grant.

Currently, we are not accepting any applications for this grant mechanism. However, we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in receiving future requests for proposals.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with LRA scientific staff to discuss the responsiveness of their proposal to this program.

Please send any scientific inquiries to:
Dr. Shayla Shorter, Scientific Program Manager at sshorter@lupusresearch.org;

All administrative inquiries should be sent to:
Diomaris Gonzalez, Director, Grant Programs at dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org.

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