Sulzberger Institute Grant

The Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education, part of the American Academy of Dermatology, provides grant support for innovative initiatives in education and technology. Grants typically provide seed funds to help dermatologists begin projects that eventually can improve patient care.

Who should apply: Applications from residents, fellows, and young dermatologists are encouraged. 

Available grant types:
  • Seed grants of up to $60,000 per year, for a period of one to two years.
  • Small grants of $5,000 for a period of one year are intended for residents and fellows with little or no research experience but with committed local research mentors. 
  • Tuition support of up to $7,500 is available for education and accredited technology courses. 

The deadline to apply has passed. Applications open again in fall 2015.

The Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education Committee is interested in receiving proposals for technology-based teaching applications that are novel and cutting-edge, and that also further clinical education in dermatology. Applications that incorporate these concepts are encouraged. 

Winning proposals will be selected by the Sulzberger Committee with final approval by the AAD Board of Directors. Proposals from dermatologists who are members of the Academy will be given preference; however, all proposals that are designed to develop technology for dermatology education will be considered.

Grants are preferentially awarded to young dermatologists who have not previously received significant extramural funding. In any given funding cycle, the Sulzberger Institute may choose to award one or more grants in the above categories. The number and size of the awards is contingent upon the quality of the grant applications received. 

Prior principal investigator track record, preliminary data, and high likelihood of success are less important than intellectual innovation and the likelihood of a grant award supporting the career of a young dermatologist, as well as fostering a project with sustainable effects. How the project may support the Academy’s strategic framework also will be taken into consideration. 

Review of resident/fellow grant applications and applications for accredited course tuition will take into account the early-career stage of the applicants. Residents and fellows are encouraged to apply for these grants, which the Sulzberger Institute is committed to awarding every year provided a minimum quality threshold is met. 

The Sulzberger Institute is not interested in funding commercial, for-profit projects. However, should any funded projects lead to intellectual property with commercial value, the part of the value equal to the initial contribution of the Sulzberger Institute will be payable to the Sulzberger Institute. Similarly, if a product of a Sulzberger-funded project is to be sold to a commercial entity, the AAD will have the right of first refusal of purchasing or otherwise acquiring this product.

Documents to be submitted include:

  • Completed grant application form
  • Grant proposal, including:             
    • Abstract
    • Specific aims
    • Succinct and pertinent background
    • Preliminary data (or other evidence of likelihood of success)
    • Research design
    • Budget (Note: The budget may not include travel, publication costs, indirect costs, overhead, costs, facilities and administration costs, bulk hardware purchases, or salary for the  investigator in excess of 5 percent of the total budget.)
    • Brief description of how the project may support the Academy’s strategic framework
  • CV
  • Additional support material:
    • Accomplishments that support your proposal
    • Letter of support
    • Any other supporting documents
  • Attestation

The following questions are provided as guidance during preparation of your proposal:

  • Are the abstract and the other components of the proposal clearly stated?
  • Is the proposal innovative?
  • Is the proposal a technology-based teaching application?
  • Is it targeted to clinical education in dermatology and dermatologic surgery?
  • How many dermatologists might be served by the product?
  • If partial funding is offered, is the principal investigator likely to get support from other sources?
  • Is the proposed investigation free from association with any commercial company?
  • Is the budget reasonable (modest expenses for equipment and services, principal investigator salary not in excess of 5 percent of total budget, modest software support)?
  • Is the proposal feasible using the following metrics?
    • Sufficient institutional support.
    • Experience of the principal investigator.
    • Experience and commitment of co-investigators, if applicable.
    • Scope of project is such that it can be completed on time and on budget.
    • How does this project support the Academy’s strategic initiatives specially, outcomes-based education and/or Maintenance of Certification/Maintenance of Licensure. Learn more about the AAD's strategic initiatives.

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed based on the above criteria by the AAD's Sulzberger Institute Committee. Members of the committee are:

  • Chair: Hayes B. Gladstone, M.D.
  • Member: Bryan T. Carroll, MD
  • Member: Kimberly Horii, MD
  • Member: Misha Rosenbach, MD
  • Member: Alan J. Friedman, MD
  • Member: Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
  • Member: Robert Paul Dellavalle, MD
  • Member: Peter Lio, MD
  • Member: Neal Bhatia, MD
  • Member: Shelia Krishna, MD
  • Staff Liaison: Chris Presta

Previous Sulzberger Grant recipients



Seed grants

"A Modern Day Tool for Teaching Dermatology and Dermatopathology"

PI: Rajendra Singh, MD

"Safety in Dermatology through Multimedia Education"

PI: Jacob Levitt, MD

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Virtual Grant Rounds in Dermatology: An Innovative Teledermatology Resource for Extending Specialty Care and Continuing Education Beyond Borders"

PI: Stephanie Hu, MD

"Multidisciplinary Tele-education: Real-Time Interactive Webinars in Mucosal Diseases"

PI: Parastoo Davari, MD



Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Dermatology curriculum development for mid-level providers in Ghana"

PI: Bethany Lewis, MD

"Hemangioma Education on the World-Wide Web"

PI: Kimberly Morel, MD


Seed grant for the development of technology-based programs

"Comparative efficacy of high-definition video versus still photographs as instructional tools in online pediatric dermatology professional education modules"

PI: Erin Mathes, M.D.

"Preparing residents for the changing practice of dermatology through developing a teledermatology curriculum"

PI: Ive Lee, M.D.

"Rapid introduction to dermatopathology: A programmed course"

PI: Ron Birnbaum, M.D.

Small grants Initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Impact of a Dermatology Education Wiki Website on Dermatology Education and Trainee Satisfaction"

PI: Lixia Z. Ellis, M.D.

"Comprehensive Web-based dermatopathology education through digital slide archive, Web-based slide viewing and blog-style clinical-pathologic grand rounds"

PI: Chong Wee Foo, M.D.


Seed grant for the development of technology-based programs

"Videos in Dermatology Education"

PI: Mathew Molenda, M.D.

Small grants Initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Dermatology Global Grand Rounds: A Novel Transcultural Tele-Education Program"

PI: Cindy Chambers, M.P.H.


Seed grants for the development of technology-based programs

"De-mystifying hereditary melanoma: A novel, Web-based virtual case continual CME program"

PI: Sancy Leachman, M.D.

"Logistical design and implementation of a distance based video/audio transcription system"

PI: Rashid Rashid, M.D.

"Using mobile teledermatology to assist in relieving the burden of skin disease in developing countries through increasing clinician education"

PI: Carrie Kovarik, M.D.

"Three-dimensional virtual epidermal basement membrane interactive DVD"

PI: Eduardo Vidal, M.D.

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"Psoriasis Internet education effects on veteran symptom management and health-related quality of life"

PI: Nicholas Scaletta, M.D.


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"Distance education program on sexually transmitted infections, HIV-related skin conditions and clinical research methods for resource-scarce settings in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries"

PI: Mauro Ramos, M.D.

Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

"YouTube contest to promote sun safety public health messaging"

PI: William Howe, M.D.

"A computer-based teaching module for psoriasis education"

PI: Moshin Malik, M.D.

"Infantile hemangiomas and the development of educational resources on the World Wide Web"

PI: Maria Garzon, M.D.

"Pediatric dermatology Web-based curriculum"

PI: Sheila Galbraith, M.D.

"Self-study preferences of dermatology residents"

PI: Samantha Hill, M.D.


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"DermBase: A real-time database for dermatology research"

Co-PIs: John Strasswimmer, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian Jiang, M.D.


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"A Web-based portal for promoting evidence-based dermatology education and practice"

PI: David A. Barzilai, M.D.


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"The eDerm curriculum"

PI: Timothy Berger, M.D.

"Derma share image sharing and storage"

PI: Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D.


Grants for the development of technology-based teaching (seed grants)

"Dermatology problem-based learning competency assessment"

PI: Erik J. Stratman, M.D.

Year: 2015

Description: The Sulzberger Institute grant application

Notification date: June 2015

Deadline: The deadline has passed. Applications open again in fall 2015.

Questions: Contact Meredith Rund.

Phone: (847) 240-1676


Nominate/apply: Submit an application.