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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lupus Research Institute Announces 2010 Request for Applications for Novel Research Projects

Grant Application Deadline: May 28, 2010

The Lupus Research Institute — founded to support highly promising, idea-driven, novel approaches to discover the cause of lupus, improve treatment, and develop a cure — invites applications for financial support starting December 2010 for novel research projects relevant to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Research applications will be judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, scientific quality, strength of approach, relevance to lupus, and likelihood of success. Creativity will be valued. Rationale for the hypotheses proposed rather than amount of preliminary data will be emphasized.

Projects on aspects of the disease that have been less extensively studied and applications from investigators in diverse disciplines, including those who may not have previously worked in lupus, are encouraged. Investigations should be relevant to basic, translational, or clinical research on lupus.

While the institute encourages projects based on novel explorations of human lupus biology — innovative studies that use human material to address the physiological, cellular, molecular, and/or genetic basis of human lupus — projects solely based on cellular, molecular, and/or animal models are also encouraged.

Continuations of long-term research projects are not appropriate for this submission.

Both established and new investigators may apply. Applicants should hold advanced degrees and be affiliated with institutions of higher learning in the United States.

Annual funding of up to $100,000 per year, for a term of up to three years, will be awarded for each approved project.

Visit the Lupus Research Institute Web site for complete program guidelines.

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