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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
The deadline has passed.

  • Independent reviews – November 13, 2023 – January 12, 2024
  • Peer Review Meeting – January 11th, 17th, and 24th 2024
  • Scientific Advisory Council Approval – January 2024
  • Foundation Board of Directors Approval – February 2024
  • Award Notifications – April 2024

View Request for Applications

Community Practice Innovation Award

Support and grow research ideas that are generated from the rheumatology practice community

Enables rheumatology practitioners to conduct impactful research while utilizing the resources available to them within a community practice setting.

Award Amount
Up to $80,000

Award Term
1 Year with the potential for competitive renewal

Application Deadline
The application deadline has passed.

  • Independent Review February 12, 2024 – February March 1, 2024
  • Peer Review Meeting – March 4, 2024
  • Notifications – May 1, 2024
  • Award Start Date – July 1, 2024

View Request for Applications

Application Templates:
CPIA Application

CPIA Budget
CPIA Benchmarks




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