The FSR Small Research Grants program aims to support smaller scale or pilot research projects, which can be supported either singularly by FSR or through a partnership with additional funders. The FSR will award a limited number of grants, totaling $25,000. In assessing applications, we look for strength in overall strategy, methodology, and analysis. Proposals are encouraged from investigators across a variety of disciplines, submitting projects which will lead to direct and significant impact upon sarcoidosis research. Please make sure to include any literature, data, and previous research that is relevant to your proposal.


Proposals for the Small Grants program must be for research in the sarcoidosis space. Proposals for research studies focused on areas other than sarcoidosis are not eligible.

Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and Sub-Is, must submit bio-sketches in the NIH format as well as any letters of support from anyone collaborating on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a college, university, or a non-profit research facility that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research does not award grants directly to individuals.

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.


The budget for Small Research Grants is limited to $25,000 and may not include indirect costs. Budgets that include research lab equipment that uses over 50% of the proposed budget must include justification and a description of how that equipment will be used post grant period.

All awardees must submit annual progress reports to FSR. Annual reports are due one year after the grant period start date, and every year thereafter that the grant period is active for.

Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.

Previous Small Grant awardees are eligible to apply.

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for this program in a given cycle.


Small Research Grant proposals are accepted twice per year via FSR’s online grant portal.


Cycle 1April 1June 1July 1Aug 1
Cycle 2Aug 1Sep 30Oct 31 Dec 2

*2020 Small Grants Schedule will be released Fall 2019.

FSR’s Small Grants proposals to be funded by the Foundation are “field-initiated” in the sense that they are not submitted in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP.)

Any questions may be directed to Tamara Al-Hakim, Research Project Coordinator of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research at with the subject heading: FSR Small Research Grants.

Previous awardees:

2018 Cycle 1 Award Winner:

Dr. Girish Bathla, University of Iowa: Vessel Wall Imagining in Neurosarcoidosis: Underrecognized, Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

2018 Cycle 2 Award Winner:

Dr. Richard Silver, Case Western Reserve University: The Role of TCR/TLR2 Co-stimulation in Resolution vs. Progression of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis.

2019 Cycle 1 Award Winners:

Dr. Nisha Gilotra, Johns Hopkins Medical University: Immunological and Clinical Gender-Specific Differences in Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Dr. Wonder Drake, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: What is the clinical impact of IL-6 blockade on sarcoidosis pulmonary fibrosis?


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Applications are no longer being accepted for this cycle. Please check back or email Tamara for more information on upcoming funding opportunities.