The non-profit Lupus Foundation of America announced it is accepting applications for 8 research grants to fund lupus research. The Foundation will be providing some of these grants specifically for research in pediatrics and patients in underrepresented communities.
Two of the grants will be under the Foundation’s Career Development Award, and will provide up to $70,000 to qualified second- or third-year rheumatology, nephrology, and dermatology fellows in the United States and Canada. The Foundation noted that one of these grants will be dedicated to study focusing on pediatric lupus research, whereas the other will be given for research in adult lupus. The grant funding is renewable for a second year (up to $70,000), dependent on research progress.
The Foundation will also award 6 grants of $4,000 each to graduate or medical students through its Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program in the areas of lupus-relevant basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, or behavioral research. The research must be sponsored and supervised by an established, tenure-track principal investigator who directs a laboratory dedicated, at least in part, to lupus research. Eligible laboratories must be at an academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
The summer fellowship program, the Foundation added, will provide one award specifically to a minority applicant; another grant will go to a student whose research will impact rural areas.
“Lupus is a complex disease that presents challenges that can only be overcome by a robust public and private medical research effort,” said Sandra C. Raymond, president and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America, in a press statement. “These grants are essential for generating faster progress through innovative approaches.”
The Lupus Foundation of America advised that paper applications for the grants will not be accepted. Interested individuals must submit their applications through the Foundation’s online system, with a deadline of 5:00 PM EST on April 8, 2017.
New grants announced to support research in pediatrics and underrepresented communities. Washington, DC: Lupus Foundation of America. Published online February 7, 2017. Accessed February 9, 2017.