Awards and Grants

Explore award and grant opportunities available from the ACR, Rheumatology Research Foundation, the NIH, and other organizations.

Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program

This program is designed to introduce and motivate pediatric residents to the possibility of specialty training in pediatric rheumatology at an early period in their residency. See eligibility, application process, and deadlines >

Scholarships for Fellows-in-Training

Funding for the following scholarships was made possible in part by support from the American College of Rheumatology Fellows Education Fund. The Fellows Education Fund enables first and second year adult, as well as, first, second, and third year pediatric rheumatology fellows-in-training to attend and participate in key meetings throughout the year. Scholarships to attend this meeting are reportable payments to physicians under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. For more information on the scope and contents of such reporting, visit

The American College of Rheumatology Fellows Education Fund Eligibility document outlines the eligibility requirements and benefits of the FIT scholarship for ACR professional meetings and the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Fellows-in-Training Annual Meeting Scholarship
Scholarship designed to expose fellows-in-training to the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (SOTA)
Clinical symposium exposes fellows-in-training to a range of content delivered by key opinion leaders in areas such as therapeutic developments, recent research findings, and scientific advances.

Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium (PRSYM)
This symposium, occurring every three years, includes lectures, table topics, oral abstracts, and poster presentations in clinical, basic science, and educational training areas.

Rheumatology Research Workshop
This two-day workshop for early career investigators is designed to promote interaction with senior investigators and includes scientific lectures, oral abstract presentations, and poster sessions.

Young Investigator Awards

Rheumatology Research Workshop
Two-day workshop is designed to promote interaction between young and established investigators to foster collaboration and career mentoring.

ACR/EULAR Exchange Program
The ACR/EULAR Exchange Program promotes the international exchange of clinical and research skills, expertise, and knowledge within rheumatology. The program recognizes outstanding rheumatology health professional faculty in both laboratory and clinic-based research and provides exposure to the exciting work being done by colleagues overseas. This exchange program allows participants to share knowledge and experience and creates opportunities for collaboration. 

Rheumatology Research Foundation

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology training and research programs in the United States. The Foundation offers a wide range of awards and grants aimed at recruiting the brightest young minds to the field, providing them with quality education and training, and supporting essential research that will lead to major advances in treating patients. To learn more about how the work of the Foundation directly impacts you, please visit

National Institute of Health

The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency – supporting scientist studies that turn discovery into health. The ACR has developed a comprehensive guide to funding opportunities available from the NIH for rheumatology related research.

Funding Opportunities through other Organizations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Find policies and procedures, grant announcements, contract solicitations, special initiatives, call for partners, small business innovation research, research dissertations, training and career development opportunities offered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Alliance for Lupus Research
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is the world’s largest private funder of lupus research, committing almost $100M to date. ALR aims to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus by supporting bio-medical research. Find detailed information on the proposal and review process.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient service in an effective, ethical, and efficient manner.

American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association's (ADA) mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA’s grant program offers project-based funding in a variety of award categories: research, development, training, collaborative co-support, and targeted request for applications.

Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation's mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases.  The Arthritis Foundation has funded more than $470 million in science grants and continues to mobilize public and private funding for science that guides and accelerates progress toward the prevention and cure of arthritis.

Arthritis National Research Foundation
The Arthritis National Research Foundation provides a variety of grant opportunities to arthritis research scientists. Researchers working on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases including but not limited to: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, gout, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, and others can receive funding for their project.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a leading supporter and funder of medical research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The CCFA invests their dollars wisely, funding the best IBD research anywhere in the world and implementing a peer-review process that insures that only the most promising and relevant grant applications are funded.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

Lupus Research Institute
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is dedicated to novel research in lupus and clinical innovations. The LRI offers two opportunities for scientists to apply for funding to support their work – the Distinguished Innovator Awards and Novel Research Grants.

Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) offers research grants, fellowships, and special awards for investigators to pursue research at many levels. Research grants are available for tenure-track investigators. Fellowships are available for students and medical school graduates. Special awards are available for Young Investigator Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award candidates.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society provides grant funding, tools, and information resources to support the brightest scientists and physicians exploring questions with the goal of stopping MS, restoring function, and ending MS forever. The MS Society offers a spectrum of funding opportunities and other resources to support MS investigators at virtually every stage of their careers.

National Psoriasis Foundation
The mission of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. The NPF has committed more than $10 million to psoriatic disease research since inception.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides research funding for an array of solicited and unsolicited projects. Projects are quite diverse, ranging from small, quick-strike targeted research studies that inform the strategic direction of the grant making to more elaborate research-driven demonstrations.

SLE Lupus Foundation, Inc.
The SLE Lupus Foundation leads the nation in providing direct patient services, education, public awareness, and funding for novel lupus research on a national level.

Scleroderma Foundation
The Scleroderma Foundation fosters the development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in fields related to systemic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma). The Scleroderma Foundation offers two research grants: Scleroderma Foundation New Investigator Grant and the Scleroderma Foundation Established Investigator Grant. The Foundation has also established a Scleroderma Foundation Collaborative Research Grant (SCORE) for collaborative basic, translational, or clinical research projects involving two or more Scleroderma Centers at different institutions. The goal of this research initiative is to support and enhance collaborations between two or more Scleroderma Centers to advance significant research on scleroderma.

Scleroderma Research Foundation
The Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) is pursuing opportunities to expand its research program to advance understanding of the pathogenesis of scleroderma and promote the design, development, and pilot testing of hypothesis-driven innovative therapeutic approaches. The SRF encourages applications from scientists who have not previously worked on scleroderma, as well as those with substantial ongoing scleroderma-focused effort. Find Scleroderma Foundation grant guidelines and applications >

Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation
The Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF) strives to foster research that will have the greatest potential impact on Sjogren’s patients, ensuring new therapeutics are developed and a cure found. The SSF Research Grant Program places a high priority on both clinical and basic scientist research into the cause, prevention, detection, treatment, and cure of Sjogren’s, with support provided to investigators at early career level from student to junior investigator to senior leader.

U.S. Government
The U.S. Government has created a website as a central source for information about all competitive grant opportunities through Federal grant-making agencies.