Jul. 27, 2017

House Passes Bill to Provide $5 Million for the Lupus Research Program

We are excited to let you know that this evening, the House of Representatives passed legislation that provides $5 million in 2018 for the Lupus Research Program (LRP) at the Department of Defense.

View a timeline of LFA's efforts to secure lupus-specific research funding at the Department of Defense (PDF).

This is a critical step in the legislative process and means that this funding is one step closer to becoming law.

The Senate still must act on its version of the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Lupus Research Program. If the bill is enacted, it will bring total funding for the LRP to $10 million! We will keep you updated as the legislative process continues.

In the meantime, we want to let you know that the Lupus Foundation of America is working closely with the Department of Defense and others within the lupus community to help provide strategic direction to the LRP. We're focused on ensuring that the new funding is directed to research projects that can make the most difference in the fight against this disease and the search for new treatments.

As the program moves forward, keep an eye out for additional updates about this vital new source of lupus research funding.

Thank you again to all lupus advocates for everything you have done to help make this program possible! You have made a difference!