Congratulations to the 2021 FSR Small Research Grant Awardees: Maneesh Bhargava MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was awarded $25,000 for his proposal, “Comprehensive Assessment of Signal Transduction Pathways in Sarcoidosis”. Peter H. S. Sporn, MD, Director, Northwestern Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence, Professor of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Medical Education, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was awarded $25,000 for his project “Assessment of the Immune Response to SARS-COV2 Vaccination in Sarcoidosis”.

Congratulations to Dr. Paula Berreras from Johns Hopkins University Hospital, who was awarded the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research Fellowship Grant for 2021-2023 for her project, “Discovering pathogens in neurosarcoidosis: using next generation immunological and metagenomic methods for unbiased pathogen detection and antimicrobial antibody profiling.”

FSR has awarded $1.25 million through the FSR Sarcoidosis Research Fellowships and is thrilled to award Dr. Barreras a fellowship in the amount of $150,000 over two-years to continue FSR’s investment in support of promising early career investigators.


Check back in Fall 2021 for more upcoming dates for the FSR Small Grant!

Small Grant 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 Grant.


Click here to watch the FSR Grant Writing Webinar with Dr. Wonder Drake focused on how to submit a successful Small Grant proposal.

The FSR Small Grant 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.

Eligibility Proposals for the FSR Small Grant 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.

Restrictions The budget for the FSR Small Grant is limited to $25,000 and may not include indirect costs. Budgets that include research lab equipment that utilizes over 50% of the proposed budget must include justification and a description of how that equipment will be used in the 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 once the previous grant is concluded. PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for this program in a given cycle.


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 Medicine: Immunological and clinical gender-specific differences in cardiac sarcoidosis; Dr. Wonder Drake,Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: What is the clinical impact of IL-6 blockade on sarcoidosis pulmonary fibrosis?

2019 Cycle 2 Award Winner: Dr. Rafael Perez, Thomas Jefferson University: Lung Tissue Remodeling in Sarcoidosis: Relationship to Clinical Phenotype and Disease Severity and Progression.

2020 Cycle 1 Award Winner: Dr. Umesh Deshmukh, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation: Humanized Mouse Model for Sarcoidosis