Supporting Research Ideas from Rheumatologists

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The Foundation recognizes the unique potential for research performed by rheumatologists in community-based environments. In this spirit, we have established the Community Practice Innovation Award (CPI). The purpose of the CPI Award is to promote and grow research ideas that are generated from the rheumatology practice community and enable rheumatology practitioners to conduct impactful research. These grants are meant to support projects which can be successfully conducted with the resources available in a clinical practice setting.

The application and review process for the award, which is typically focused on academic researchers, has been streamlined for clinicians. The award offers up to $80,000 a year to the award recipient with an option for renewal for an additional year.

Award recipients are required to share their research findings with the larger rheumatology community. This requirement includes giving presentations at local society meetings as well as at ACR Convergence, a global networking and education rheumatology event hosted annually by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Each year, the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Council will select one award recipient to receive the Norman B. Gaylis, MD Clinical Research Award. Dr. Gaylis helped to establish this award to encourage rheumatologists to research their own ideas.

“Hopefully, this will, maybe just in a small way, be able to capture someone’s ideas and experiences, and build on that to a much larger audience as that happens,” said Dr. Gaylis in an interview with Rheumatology Network.


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