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Grants, Awards, and Fellowships to USA Researchers for
Career Development in the Area of Dermatology

Research Award Program

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Dermatology Foundation (DF)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 Receipt


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Grants of $20,000, awards of $55,000, and fellowships of $30,000 to USA researchers under the sponsorship of an approved department or division of dermatology. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support career development and advance the field of dermatology. All DF-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

The DF's Research Award Program offers a variety of research awards intended to further the specialty and enable advancements in patient care. An emphasis is placed on supporting research that benefits the dermatology community at large and has significant potential to advance patient care. It is the expectation that the recipients of Foundation awards will be tomorrow's expert teachers, innovative investigators and master clinicians in dermatology.

The Dermatology Foundation provides early research support in the form of career development awards (CDAs), a fellowship, and grants. The CDAs provide the potential for three years of salary support for junior faculty in the early stages of their career, (i.e., through the level of Assistant Professor). The Foundation fellowship provides an annual salary stipend. Research grants provide seed money for a variety of dermatologic research projects.

The Dermatology Foundation encourages applications concerning health issues impacting minority groups, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual­ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

An applicant must apply for a specific award. The following pages provide a detailed description of the Dermatology Foundation’s early career funding opportunities:

  1. Career Development Awards - The Foundation offers nine categories of highly-competitive career development awards (CDAs): 
    • Physician Scientist Career Development Award
    • Public Health Career Development Award
    • Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery
    • Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award
    • Medical Dermatology Career Development Award
    • Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award
    • Women’s Health Career Development Award
    • Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award
    • Research Career Development Award
  2. Fellowship - The Dermatology Foundation offers a fellowship that is intended to advance the research careers of individuals in the early stages of career development.
    • Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship - This fellowship supports dermatologists who desire research training and have a commitment to an academic career in medical and surgical dermatology. Consideration will also be given to individuals with substantial training in other areas who are entering into skin research. 
  3. Research Grants - Funding enables recipients to initiate a research project. 
    • Patient Directed Investigation Grant - The Patient Directed Investigation Grant exists to support translational studies that have the potential to benefit patients directly. 
    • Research Grant - The Foundation’s Research Grants provide financial support for research projects in dermatology and cutaneous biology that benefit the dermatology community at large.
    • Women’s Health Research Grant - This award is intended to focus on women’s health issues where further research is needed.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198358

Estimated Size of Grant:

- All CDAs offer an annual salary stipend of $55,000 that can be supplemented from institutional sources so that salary received is commensurate with peers within the institution
- Each awarded fellowship, in the amount of $30,000, provides an annual salary stipend
- Dermatology Foundation grants are annual awards of $20,000

Term of Contract:

Funding begins July 1, 2022.
- Career development awards may be renewed annually for up to a total of three years of funding. Renewal of a career development award for a second and third year will depend on a recipient’s ability to provide evidence of significant progress on the research project, demonstrated institutional commitment to career development, and progress toward obtaining other funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All DF-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. A project to be performed as a part of the U.S. government research program (except Veterans Administration), or to be performed at a private foundation without an academic affiliation to dermatology, is not eligible for funding. A project involving human subjects must have IRB approval at the time funding commences, i.e., July 1, and throughout the term of the award. An individual who is a prior or current principal investigator (PI) on a federal grant is not eligible to receive a DF career development award, fellowship or grant. The following two exceptions apply:
1) CDA awardees may have effort on an NIH grant as long as he/she is not the senior PI who initiated the application and he/she does not have direct reporting responsibilities for this or prior federal awards. Total support from all federal grants must be less than 20% of their total effort during the term of the DF award.
2) The individual is the recipient of an NIH training grant or an equivalent grant from another granting agency.
Upon receipt as the PI of a federal grant, a DF CDA or grant will be withdrawn. Note, an individual who receives a federal grant that eliminates their status as a "new investigator" is not eligible to maintain/receive a DF CDA.
Fellowship recipients may receive NIH training grants or an equivalent grant from another granting agency.

Fellowships are not intended for faculty.

For Career Development Award Eligibility, see

For Fellowship Eligibility, see

For Grant Eligibility, see

Pre-Application Information:

The Dermatology Foundation is now accepting applications for 2022 career development awards, fellowships, and grants. Interested individuals are encouraged to carefully read the general and award-specific eligibility requirements before completing an application package. Applications received after the October 15 deadline cannot be considered for funding.

Important Dates
- New CDA, Fellowship, and Grant Application Deadline: October 15, 2021
- CDA Renewal Deadline: November 1, 2021
- Announcement of Award Recipients: March 26, 2022

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All award applications must be submitted through Please contact the DF at to request your individual, secure submission link.

If you have any questions regarding the Foundation's Research Award Program, or a current award, please call the Foundation office at 847-328-2256. Or if you prefer, you may send your inquiry to

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