The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation strives to foster research that will have the greatest potential impact on Sjögren’s patients.

One important way in which the SSF strives for change is to promote innovative research that will have the greatest impact on the lives of those who have this prevalent and devastating disease. 

The SSF Research Grants Program places a high priority on both clinical and basic scientific research into the cause, prevention, detection, treatment, and cure of Sjögren’s, with opportunities open to both junior and senior-level investigators.

*The application deadline for 2019 has now passed.
*The funding period for grants awarded in 2019 is September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

 SSF Research Funding Priorities & Application Considerations:

  • Innovative and creative concepts 
  • Direct relevance to Sjögren’s
  • High quality science
  • Preliminary data; probability of SSF seed money leading to an NIH grant
  • Potential practical importance through the use of human tissues or blood samples
  • Outcome could define new therapeutic target in Sjogren's
  • Novel diagnostics and biomarkers
  • Collaborative aspects of project
  • Focused and achievable in the time line

Grant Guidelines 

Beginning in 2019, the SSF will offer two distinct grants:

The SSF High Impact Research Award
Funding amount: $75,000
Duration: 1 year 

This award will support more fully developed research proposals, which should already have the necessary preliminary data and methodology in place to move forward into the next phase of the project. 

Download the application:
SSF High Impact Research Award (Word 174KB)

The SSF Pilot Research Award
Funding amoung: $25,000
Duration: 1 year

This award will assist investigators in conducting feasibility studies, collecting preliminary data, or other research assistance necessary to advance their project and should help prepare them to pursue additional, larger forms of grant funding. 

Download the application:
SSF Pilot Research Award (Word 184KB)

Questions and applications for both grant types may be sent to 

Who is eligibile?
SSF research grants are open to basic and clinical scientists holding an advanced degree  (MD, PhD, DDS, DMD, OD and similar) at any U.S. university or research institution. Both junior and senior investigators may apply. For physicians, advanced clinical training in a specialty related to Sjögren’s, such as rheumatology or ophthalmology, is desirable.

The application deadline for 2019 has now passed.

Donations Contribute to the Success of the SSF Research Grants Program

Thanks to the generous donations of SSF members, their friends and families, and many in the healthcare community, the SSF has funded nearly $2 million in competitive research grants since 2003. 

Each and every donation makes a difference, we hope you'll consider making a donation to research today!  

Frequently Asked Questions

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