A parallel approach to designing crystallization constructs for the c-FMS kinase domain was implemented, resulting in proteins suitable for structural studies. Sequence alignment and limited proteolysis were used to identify and eliminate unstructured and surface-exposed domains. A small library of chimeras was prepared in which the kinase insert domain of FMS was replaced with the kinase insert domain of previously crystallized receptor-tyrosine kinases. Characterization of the newly generated FMS constructs by enzymology and thermoshift assays demonstrated similar activities and compound binding to the FMS full-length cytoplasmic domain. Two chimeras were evaluated for crystallization in the presence and absence of a variety of ligands resulting in crystal structures, and leading to a successful structure-based drug design project for this important inflammation target.