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Funding Opportunities

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.


The Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Grant in Lupus addresses the current lack of treatments in development that could arrest or reverse the disease. Providing funding for up to $1 million, this grant challenges exceptional scientists, from all relevant scientific disciplines, to uncover the root causes of lupus and present a compelling vision of how these discoveries would begin the drive to a cure, as well as prevention strategies

Additional information can be found in the request for applications. To apply for this grant, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for the Letter of Intent (LOI) has been extended to March 20, 2018.  This is the only open deadline for the DIA. Only those who have submitted the two-page LOI will be invited to submit a full application. Please contact Diomaris Gonzalez at dgonzalez@lupusresearch.org if you have any questions about the LOI or application process.

Under our Target Identification in Lupus (TIL) grant program, investigators receive a three-year, up-to $600,000 award, to remove the barriers to new treatments and a possible cure. All research funded under the TIL program is based on realizable goals and designed for “translational” research – discoveries that become useful therapies in the near future, moving quickly from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. Additional information can be found in the request for applications. To apply for this grant, click here full applications will be available on November 15, 2017.

The Novel Research Grant program provides early-stage support with $300,000 grants over three years, used for high-risk, high-reward, idea-driven investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of lupus and its complications, and the explorations of novel targets, pathways, and technologies. The aim is to stimulate the study of underexplored avenues that can lead to the development of safer and more effective treatments. Additional information can be found in the request for applications. To apply for this grant, click here.


The Lupus Insight Prize is awarded to an outstanding investigator who has developed a novel research insight in a scientific domain relevant to lupus. The $100,000 prize is not a lifetime achievement award. Instead, the Prize recognizes a specific insight and/or discovery and provides research funds to the institution of the awardee with the expectation that those funds will direct the talents of the Prize recipient toward further high impact research achievement and, specifically, toward application of the insight to lupus.

It is important to emphasize that the insight need not have been made specifically about lupus, but the insight should be applicable and applied, using the Prize funds, to understanding lupus pathogenesis or treatment.

Please visit www.lupusinsightprize.org for additional information including the request for nominations, the nomination process instructions and cover page template.

The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Lupus Insight Prize has been extended. The due date is now February 23, 2018.

Click here for current grants