Investigator Award

Rheumatology Research Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $375,000

Fields of work: Musculoskeletal Diseases

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



The mission of the Rheumatology Research Foundation is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic disease. 

This award is intended to support junior investigators during the period that they are developing a project that will be competitive for NIH funding. It is not intended to be a second postdoctoral fellowship. The purpose is to provide support for basic science, translational, and clinical investigators engaged in research relevant to the rheumatic diseases for the period between the completion of postdoctorate fellowship training and establishment as an independent investigator. 

Successful candidates will have a developed project with preliminary data that they have generated themselves; a track record of academic productivity in the form of publications; and outline in their application how successful completion of their project will lead to NIH K grant funding (or equivalent) and/or independence over the term of the award

The award provides up to $375,000 for up to 3 years.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must meet either of the two following criteria:
    1. Be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or in lawful possession of a permanent resident card [Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Swains Island)] ;  OR
    2. Meet the criteria below:
      • For ACR members: Have completed or be currently enrolled in a US, ACGME accredited rheumatology or pediatric rheumatology fellowship training program and/or be ABIM/ABP eligible in rheumatology.
      • For ARHP members: Must be enrolled or have graduated from an accredited professional program ( OT, PT, PA or NP, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, etc.), completed or be in the process of completing fieldwork, where appropriate, be in good standing in regard to any national registration/boards, and be in good standing in regard to any state license.
  • Must have a faculty appointment (e.g. instructor, assistant professor) at the time of application, and a firm institutional commitment to support the applicant’s academic career for the duration of the award. 
  • Must be able to commit a minimum of 75 percent full-time professional effort to research (including at least 50 percent effort to the proposed project), academic career development, and other research related activities. 
  • Must meet the membership criteria outlined below. 
  • Use of funds:
    • Funds will be used to support up to $75,000 salary annually—including fringe, if requested.
    • Up to $50,000 per year may be requested for the following types of expenses:
      • research supplies, equipment and technical personnel;
      • tuition and fees and books related to didactic courses or career development;
      • travel to research meetings or training; and
      • statistical services including personnel and computer time.
    • Total costs per year may not exceed $125,000, including 8% indirect costs.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be an ACR or ARHP member at the time of submission and for the duration of the award. ACR member eligibility for grant: Have earned a DO, MD, or MD/PhD degree, and completed a Rheumatology fellowship. Individuals more than 8 years from the beginning of fellowship (or 9 years for pediatric rheumatologists) at the time of award start & MDs and DOs who are not licensed to perform clinical care may not apply. ARHP member eligibility for grant: Have earned a PhD, DSc, or equivalent doctoral degree. Must be within 6 years of terminal degree at the time of award start.


  • Basic ineligibility:
    • PhD’s working on basic science grants
    • Former or current principal investigators of research grants (at the K level or higher, including institutional K) and past awardees of this or equivalent Foundation grants 
    • Individuals at the NIH and CDC
  • Applicant may not apply for the Scientist Development Award in the same funding cycle.
  •  Funds may not be used to compensate clinical or teaching efforts.