Lupus Research Institute Invites Scientists with Innovative Ideas to Help Pioneer Lupus Discovery

Novel Research Grant Deadline is May 28, 2010

New York, NY, February 4, 2010—The world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)—the Lupus Research Institute (LRI)—invites scientists with bold new approaches to discovering the cause, improving treatment, and curing lupus to apply for financial support.

Over the past decade, the LRI has led dramatic breakthroughs in novel research for this complex and dangerous autoimmune illness by pioneering discovery and championing scientific innovation. Approximately 1.5 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, suffer from lupus.

Applications for financial support of Novel Research Projects to begin December 2010 in the amount of up to $100,000 per year (for up to three years) are judged principally on their creativity, novelty, scientific quality, and potential for success. To date, the Institute has awarded $30 million to 108 investigators at 55 academic medical centers across 22 states.

Over the past decade, LRI scientists have turned their Novel Research Projects totaling $30 million dollars into $70 million more from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—generating $100 million for entirely new science in lupus that would not exist without the LRI taking risks on the most brilliant scientific minds in the country.

“The LRI model strengthens the lupus research landscape by moving novel concepts forward to secure large-scale federal funding,” said William E. Paul, MD, chief of the Laboratory of Immunology at NIAID-NIH, and chair of the LRI Scientific Advisory Board. “The speed with which the Institute has changed the outlook for lupus research is remarkable.”

What LRI Looks For

Founded and funded by families and shaped by scientists, the LRI looks for projects that examine aspects of the disease which have been less extensively studied. It welcomes applications from investigators in diverse disciplines, including those who may not have previously worked in lupus. Both established and new investigators may apply, but continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate.

For additional information please visit the Grant Application page or contact Laura Hack, Grants Administrator lhack@lupusny.org or 212.685.4118. To submit an application, please visit proposalCentral at http://proposalcentral.altum.com/.