Lupus Foundation of America Grant Applications Supporting Next Generation of Lupus Scientific Leaders Now Open
Awards encourage innovative scientists to pursue a career in lupus research.
The Lupus Foundation of America, the national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, is excited to announce that grant applications are open for the Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award (CDA) and the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program (Finzi).
This year, eligibility criteria for the CDA and Finzi awards have been expanded, the application process has been simplified and the funding available has been increased. Both awards aim to cultivate and support lupus researchers and encourage the brightest and most innovative scientists to pursue a career in lupus research.
“We need more researchers focused on helping to solve the cruel mystery of lupus. These awards are critical to cultivating and growing the lupus research field and ensuring that scientists have the mentorship and funding needed to pursue a career in lupus,” said Dr. Karen H. Costenbader, Chair of the Lupus Foundation of American Medical-Scientific Advisory Council. “Each Career Development Award recipient has continued their lupus research and the Finzi Award has served as seed funds for many of today’s leaders in the field. We are proud that the junior investigators and students we have supported are making a significant impact on the field – and we are excited to see what our next class of grantees will do.”
The Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award is funded this year, in part, by the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation. The award supports the professional development for fellows or clinicians up to two years post-fellowship in nephrology, rheumatology and dermatology in the U.S. and Canada who are interested in lupus research. Selected grantees are required to work with an established clinical scientist during their study, ensuring that grantees have the support and guidance needed throughout their research. Four grant awards are available up to $70,000 each for up to two years, and at least one award will be granted to a qualified applicant with a study focused on childhood lupus research.
The Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program award fosters an interest among students in undergraduate and graduate programs who are interested in research relevant to lupus. Applicants are required to identify and work under the supervision of a qualified investigator in the U.S., Canada or Mexico. The program will award six summer fellowships of $4,000 each.
Applications for both the CDA and Finzi grants are due on April 16, 2019 at 5pm EST.