Career Development Research Awards

Funding Agency:
American College of Rheumatology

Establishing a productive research career in rheumatology is largely dependent upon the availability of major research funding.

Increasing concerns over the decline in federal funding for rheumatology research have forced many investigators to reconsider their careers, which leads to fewer researchers making important discoveries necessary to advance treatments and find cures.

The Career Development Research Awards are designed to encourage early and mid-career investigators to continue vital research into the cause, prevention and treatment of rheumatic diseases.

  • Scientist Development Award: Support for individuals in the early stages of their career or those without significant prior research experience. Up to $225,000. Deadline: July 2, 2018

  • Investigator Award: Support for junior investigators to conduct innovative research. $375.000. Deadline: July 2, 2018

  • Career Development Bridge Funding Award: K Bridge: Support to continue conducting research while reapplying for an NIH or VA career development award; applicants must have a funding decision in order to apply. $75,000. Deadline: June 1, 2018 and October 2, 2017.

  • Career Development Bridge Funding Award: K Supplement: A supplement to the NIH or VA career development awards. $100,000. Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018.

  • Career Development Bridge Funding Award: R Bridge: Support for promising investigators who are at risk of running out of research funding and are revising outstanding NIH R01 or VA RCS/ORD award applications. $200,000. Deadline: June 1, 2018 and October 2, 2017

Agency Website

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

June 1, 2018