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Rheumatology Research Foundation Announces more than 120 Awards for Education, Training, Career Development and Research

July 1, 2022

ATLANTA - The Rheumatology Research Foundation is awarding more than 120 grants to a wide range of medical professionals across the country in the field of rheumatology. The awards fund essential education, training, career development and research in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. More than 58.5 million adults in the U.S. have arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia, and, in all, arthritis and rheumatic diseases are the number one cause of disability in the country, according to the CDC.  

In the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023), the Foundation will commit $12,840,250 to fund the new class of award recipients. Roughly a quarter of these awards will support efforts to recruit and train the next generation of rheumatology professionals, which will reduce patient wait times and increase access to rheumatology care. The remaining funds will be awarded to advance research projects that will lead to breakthroughs in treating people with rheumatic diseases and to supporting the early career development of rheumatology researchers. 

Central to its mission, the Foundation’s leadership has worked to build strong programming that is vital to creating a brighter future for the field of rheumatology and for people impacted by rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease. In all, the Foundation has since 1985 committed more than $205 million to the field of rheumatology through more than 4,115 individual research and training awards.  

The Foundation is able to provide this critical funding because of the generous support and commitment of donors. “Good ideas don’t come to fruition without significant support,” says Innovative Research Award recipient and donor Daniel Solomon, MD, MPH. “I have tremendous gratitude for the Rheumatology Research Foundation and all its supporters. Patients thank you, the healthcare system and rheumatology thanks you.” 

The latest award recipients applied for their grants last year. The applications were closely examined by experts in different areas of the field to ensure awards went to the most promising studies and programs. Recipients of the remaining awards will be announced later this year. 

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About the Rheumatology Research Foundation 

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the U.S.  Established in 1985, the Foundation is focused on advancing patient care and accelerating discoveries in rheumatic diseases. More information about the Foundation can be found at 


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