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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.

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.

Click here for the Request for Applications

Letter of Intent due: February 16, 2021

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.

Distinguished Innovator Award: provides outstanding scientists with substantial support (up to $1 million over 4 years) to conduct highly innovative research into the fundamental causes of systemic lupus erythematosus and so provide new directions towards a cure.

We encourage applications from investigators in diverse disciplines.

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.

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

Scientific: Shayla Shorter, PhD (sshorter@lupusresearch.org)

Administrative: Diomaris Gonzalez (dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org)

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.

Click here for the Request for Applications

Letters of Intent due: September 15, 2020

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

Scientific: Teodora Staeva, PhD  (tstaeva@lupusresearch.org)

Administrative: Diomaris Gonzalez (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

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