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Innovative Research Awards 

Rheumatologist Dr. Gary Firestein and a colleague.Supporting innovative research ideas is essential to better understanding rheumatic diseases, their causes and the best way to treat them. The Innovative Research Award provides independent investigators with the funding they need to pursue ideas that could lead to important breakthroughs in discovering new treatments and, one day, a cure. 

Investigators interested in using data from the ACR’s RISE registry as part of their proposed research project need to get their data use request approved before applying for funding. Please visit RISE for Research for more information on RISE data. RISE data requests should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the Foundation’s application deadline.

Innovative Research Award

Support of innovative research in the field of rheumatologic diseases

Will help enable research that has the potential to improve treatment of rheumatic diseases, patient outcomes, and/or increase quality of care

Award Amount
Up to $200,000 per year

Award Term
2 Years

Application Deadline

July 1, 2022 (Required Letter of Intent due June 1, 2022)

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is issuing a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the availability of funds for projects focused on telehealth.

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