An elderly lady places her hand on her husband's shoulder.


A rheumatoid arthritis patient is examined by a Rheumatologist.The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training in the United States. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to advancing treatment for patients living with rheumatic disease.




  • Received a 4-star rating, the highest offered by Charity Navigator, for eight consecutive years based on good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency
  • Committed $143M directly to research and training since it was founded in 1985
  • Currently has over $32M in its endowment and has granted over 3,097 individual awards
  • Supports research investigating many rheumatic diseases, including:
    • Gout
    • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
    • Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Scleroderma
    • Spondylarthropathies
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    • Systemic Sclerosis
    • Vasculitis

The Need

  • Rheumatology is facing funding and workforce shortages
  • The future of rheumatology depends on more well-trained, qualified rheumatologists and advancements in patient care
  • Demand for rheumatology services was expected to increase by 46% by 2025 while the number of practicing rheumatologists will increase by only 1.2%
  • There are more than 240k children for every one board certified pediatric rheumatologist in the United States

The Research and Training

The Foundation provides funding to help recruit medical and doctoral students into the subspecialty and supports investigators working in the field of rheumatology. Funding opportunities include:

    • Annual Meeting Abstract Awards
    • Preceptorships
    • Education and Training Awards
    • Career Development Research Awards
    • Innovative Research Awards
    • Lectureships
  • Awards are provided for different training opportunities, from medical students to fellows, building a more capable, robust team of rheumatology professionals around the nation
  • In the last five years, researchers receiving Foundation funding have published 770 papers, received $76M in additional NIH funding and given 501 scientific presentations worldwide



Give today and help find a cure for rheumatic disease.