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A rheumatologist examines a patient The Rheumatology Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation's mission is advancing research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. The Foundation's five-year strategic plan addresses the issues facing the rheumatology community, while building on our legacy of leadership, scholarship, and service, and boldly embracing opportunities for greater impact. 


  • Received a 4-star rating, the highest offered by Charity Navigator, for 12 consecutive years based on good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency
  • Committed $192M directly to research and training since it was founded in 1985
  • Currently has over $37.5M in its endowment and has granted over 3,945 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
  • There will be a shortage of 3,845 rheumatologists in the United States by 2025.
  • There are more than 220k 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 378 papers, received $92.4M in additional NIH funding and given 188 scientific presentations worldwide



Give today and help transform the future for millions of people living with rheumatic disease.