May 1, 2021
Ten new grant applications for promising lupus research have been recommended for funding under the Lupus Research Program within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs at the Department of Defense!
The LRA and advocates across the country helped establish this vital program which has been allocated $35 million in its first five years. Forty-eight grants have been awarded and the funding opportunities for fiscal year 2021 will be available shortly.
Our Voices Heard Virtually
Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, lupus advocates gathered virtually in March 2021 to ask Congress to increase the funding of the above-mentioned Lupus Research Program from $10 million in fiscal year 2021 to $15 million for fiscal year 2022.
As in previous years, members of Congress heard directly from those most impacted by lupus—patients and their families. There’s power in the stories of individuals—as evidenced by the expanding allocation of government funds to fight lupus.