Research Grants

Lupus Link Minnesota supports research contributing to medical discovery of the cause, improved treatments, and cure for lupus. Grant and research funding is made possible through an established endowment, The Susan Barry Meckstroth Endowment for Lupus Research.

Clinical Research Grants

Lupus Link Minnesota funds research and researchers primarily at local institutions to find a cure and more effective treatments for people living with lupus. 

The application process typically begins in fall with applications due in early November with funding awarded at year’s end for the subsequent year.

In 2018, two grants totaling $70,000 were awarded to fund lupus research projects at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic

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Student Research Fellowships

Lupus Link Minnesota provides undergraduates interested in basic or clinical research an opportunity to work with an established faculty researcher at various institutes, including the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.

The fellowship program offers college students a unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. Fellows execute experiments, perform literature searches and conduct corresponding research in tandem with the principal investigator.

The goal of the project is to inspire a new generation of researchers committed to vital research efforts aimed at improved detection, treatment and a cure.

Fellowships typically begin in June and conclude in mid-August when the fellows complete a final report, which addresses the initial project proposal and research question, and they provide a brief public presentation of their research to program colleagues, Lupus Link Minnesota board members and staff, supporters, friends, and the public.

In 2017, five fellows were selected with two at the University of Minnesota, and three at Mayo Clinic.

In 2018, two fellows were selected, one at the University of Minnesota and one at Mayo Clinic. Learn about each recipient and their unique story that led them to lupus research here.