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COVID-19 NOTE:

The RFA deadline is scheduled for April 17th. In the event that an applicant is unable to submit by this deadline due to COVID-19 related matters, please request permission to submit a late RFA to [email protected] stating why you need the extra time and provide a date which you can complete the application. The LFA will evaluate any requests on a case by case basis.

Request for Applications

The Foundation has several grant programs for investigators at every stage of their career in lupus research. Our grant programs are designed to drive novel approaches in lupus research across a variety of fields, including basic science and translational and clinical research. Information about the 2020 grant cycle will be posted during the first quarter.

Funding Opportunities

How to Apply

Follow these instructions to apply for research funding:

  1. Read these instructions for FLUXX 
  2. Find the award in the list below
  3. Review RFA content for desired award 
  4. Open Fluxx link below and select your desired award from the list on the right side of the page.
  5. Complete eligibility quiz for award
    • If you pass you will receive log-in information within 3 days
    • If you do not pass, you are not eligible to apply for this award

Career Development Grants

Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award

The award is designed for fellows (any year) 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. 

  • Four grant awards of up to $70,000 each for up to 2 years
  • Funding may be renewed for a second year depending on progress
  • Applications must be submitted through the Fluxx online grants management system
  • Applicants must first complete an eligibility quiz and registration form at lupusfoundation.fluxx.io
  • Complete application packages (with all required attachments and supporting documentation) will be posted during the first quarter of 2020. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • Earliest award date is May 15.

Get Started

Funding for the 2019’s grant was provided, in part, by the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation.

For full eligibility and application requirements, read the full RFA package.

Hear from past awardees and learn more about this grant opportunity in the video below:


Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program

The fellowship program fosters interest among students in the areas of basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, or behavioral research relevant to lupus.

  • Six fellowship awards of $4,000 for projects in the areas of basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, or behavioral research relevant to lupus
  • Students must work under the sponsorship and supervision of an established, tenure-track principal investigator who directs a laboratory dedicated at least in part to the investigation of lupus at an academic, medical, or research institution in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico
  • The applicant is responsible for identifying a supervising sponsor
  • Preference is given to graduate or medical students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree or will have done so prior to their official acceptance of the award
  • Applications must be submitted through the Fluxx online grants management system
  • Applicants must first complete an eligibility quiz and registration form at lupusfoundation.fluxx.io.
  • Complete application packages (with all required attachments and supporting documentation) will be posted during the first quarter of 2020. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • Earliest award date is May 15.

Get Started

For full eligibility and application requirements, read the full RFA package.

Hear from past fellows and learn more about this fellowship opportunity in the video below:  


Lupus Canada Catalyst Grant

Catalyst grants are intended to help kick start a new project or research idea focused on discoid or systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  This grant provides support to Canadian investigators to initiate new research ideas and projects and is intended to complement rather than compete with traditional sources of funding such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). 

  • One Catalyst Award for a total of $35,000 to fund one project for a term of one year.
  • All applicants and co-applicants must hold an academic appointment at a Canadian university, teaching hospital or similarly accredited institution (i.e., an institution eligible to hold tri-council funding).
  • Candidates in postdoctoral training are eligible to apply, but must have a Co-Principal applicant with an academic appointment in order to receive funds at their institution.
  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Collaborators may be from outside of Canada, however no funds from Lupus Canada may be transferred outside of the country.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Fluxx online grants management system
  • Applicants must first complete an eligibility quiz and registration form at lupusfoundation.fluxx.io.
  • Complete application packages (with all required attachments and supporting documentation) will be posted during the first quarter of 2020. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • Earliest award date is June 5th. 

Get Started

For full eligibility and application requirements, read the full RFA package.


Achievement Awards

Each year, we recognize investigators who made and continue to make incredible contributions to the advancement of lupus research and treatment.

Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP, MACR Award

See the Evelyn V. Hess Award Prize nomination guidelines (PDF) for more information

The Lupus Foundation of America established, in 2005, the Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP, MACR, Award, to be given annually to a clinical or basic researcher whose body of work has significantly advanced understanding of the pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, or treatment of lupus. This award was created to honor Dr. Hess' outstanding contributions to lupus research over the course of her long career.

Mary Betty Stevens, MD, Young Investigator Prize

See the Mary Betty Stevens Prize nomination guidelines (PDF) for more information

The Lupus Foundation of America established, in 2009, the Mary Betty Stevens, MD, Young Investigator Prize, to be given annually in recognition of the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in lupus research. This award was created to memorialize Dr. Stevens who made exceptional contributions to lupus research starting from early on in her career.


Questions? Contact Ashley Marion at [email protected]

An announcement regarding the grants and awards listed below will be issued at a later date. You can also learn about our current grantees