This site is intended for healthcare professionals as a useful source of information on the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients with lupus and related connective tissue diseases.


LUPUS UK is an established grant making charity, recognised by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as a non-commercial partner funding research of clear value to the NHS as a result of open competition with high quality peer review.

In comparison with some other organisations, LUPUS UK currently does not have sufficient money available for large-scale trials and applications should not exceed £25,000 in value unless specified otherwise below. The charity will look to support applications which focus on the following:
• smaller pilot studies, which will lead to applications to major funders for large-scale research trials
• enabling grants for basic science support, which would enable larger projects by providing essential data for large grant applications
• medical meetings, which would facilitate improvements to the understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of lupus, and its research

LUPUS UK is willing to work collaboratively with other charities where research interests overlap. LUPUS UK will not fund individual institutions, long-term career posts, travel or open access publication costs.

Applications for funding are peer reviewed twice each year in the spring and in the autumn with the final decisions being advised during May and November. The LUPUS UK Grant Application Cover Sheet along with the LUPUS UK Conditions of Grant can be downloaded from this site and one original signed copy should be submitted, by post, to LUPUS UK, and a PDF and a Word copy emailed to at least one month before the Peer Review Panel meets. Please contact LUPUS UK National Office to confirm dates.
The next LUPUS UK Research Grant funding round will take place during spring 2020 when a total of £100,000 will be available. Applications of up to £25,000 on lupus and lupus-related projects will be accepted for review by the LUPUS UK Peer Review Panel. The results will be advised by 31st May 2020. The closing date for applications is 20th February 2020.


LUPUS UK Grant Application Cover Sheet (PDF File) (Word Doc)

LUPUS UK Conditions of Grant (PDF File)

About the LUPUS UK Peer Review Panel (PDF File)

Peer Review Panel Members March 2015 (PDF File)

LUPUS UK Grant Scoring System (PDF File)

LUPUS UK Research Strategy (PDF File)

Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure (PDF File)