Calling Lupus Scientists to Submit LRI Grant Proposals for Transformative Research

Request for Applications for Distinguished Innovator Award and Novel Research Grants

NEW YORK, NY. May 10 -- With LRI's enduring 100% dedication to improving patients' lives, we celebrate World Lupus Day by inviting new proposals for novel research projects that accelerate new treatments while driving to prevention and a cure. The request for applications (RFAs) are out – grants for our Distinguished Innovator Award and the Novel Research Grant program.

  • The global Distinguished Innovator Award invites proposals from investigators worldwide for innovative research into the fundamental causes of lupus. Grants of up to $1 million are awarded for work that can uncover new directions leading to prevention and a cure. Link to RFA
  • The LRI’s Novel Research Grant program requests submissions from U.S.-based scientists for three-year grants of $300,000.  These projects must pursue ground-breaking studies with potential for transformative results for patient treatment. Link to RFA

Our Scientific Advisory Board of lupus world leaders will review each proposal and select the most promising projects based on the novelty and potential of the project proposed. But how many grants we can afford to give depends on donations from generous supporters like you. Please celebrate World Lupus Day in a novel way this year by donating to research!

About Lupus
A leading cause of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women, lupus is a destructive and potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women – most of whom are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45.  In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect instead creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs – often the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, or joints.

About the LRI
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI), the leading private supporter of novel research in lupus, pioneers discovery and champions scientific creativity as it demonstrates the power of innovation to propel scientific discovery in this complex autoimmune disease. Founded by families and shaped by leading scientists, the Institute has generated $170 million in novel lupus research, delivering many of the most important discoveries, transforming treatment and advancing toward prevention and a cure. 

With its National Patient Coalition of regional lupus organizations, the Lupus Research Institute improves patient care by promoting research awareness, education and advocacy as it drives to A World Without Lupus. For more information, visit