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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 2021 grant cycle will be posted during the first quarter.

How to Apply for Funding Opportunities

Follow these instructions to apply for research funding:

  1. Read 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
Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program

The goal of this program is to foster an interest among students 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.

  • Six fellowship awards of $4,000
  • 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
  • Hard copies of applications will not be accepted
  • Earliest award date is June 4th 

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

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Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award

The Lupus Foundation of America’s Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award facilitates the professional development of current fellows (any year), clinicians up to two years post-fellowship and/or within four years of Postdoctoral research in nephrology, rheumatology, or dermatology, in the U.S. or Canada. Their work should focus on the investigation of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, or epidemiological lupus research.

  • Four grant awards of up to $70,000 each for up to two years
  • Funding may be renewed for a second year depending on progress from year one
  • 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
  • Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.
  • Earliest award date is June 4th 

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

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Lupus Canada Catalyst Grant

Lupus Foundation of America has partnered with Lupus Canada for the Catalyst Grant. The Catalyst Grant is 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
  • Hard copies will not be accepted
  • Earliest award date is June 4th

Subject to USA/CDN exchange rate at the time of the award

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

Get Started

Questions? Contact Ashley Marion at marion@lupus.org

Hear from past fellows and learn more about these fellowship opportunities in the videos below:  

Topic-Specific Research Grants

Each year, our Medical-Scientific Advisory Council chooses research priorities and creates topic-focused opportunities for investigators to apply for funding. This grant program prioritizes the most urgent and unmet needs in lupus research. 

There are no opportunities for topic-specific grants at this time.

You can also learn about our current grantees.