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Research grants from outside organizations

Numerous organizations offer funding to support research in dermatology. The AAD has collected the information below to help members who may seek financial support for their research efforts.

American Skin Association (ASA)

Established 36 years ago to serve the now more than 100 million Americans afflicted with skin disorders, ASA and its affiliates have sponsored over $50 million in grants to support talented young scientists who have gone on to become top researchers in their fields.

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

The ASDS supports research activities that stimulate research relevant to dermatologic surgery and/or cutaneous oncology.

Dermatology Foundation (DF)

The DF’s Research Awards Program offers a variety of awards that are intended to advance the early academic careers and research efforts of physicians and scientists in dermatology and cutaneous biology. The foundation places an emphasis on supporting research that benefits the dermatology community at large and has significant potential to advance patient care.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

The HHMI funds biomedical research that focuses on supporting the researcher.

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)

Each year, the MRF provides MRF melanoma research grants to emerging and established scientific investigators, allowing them to explore new avenues in melanoma biology, prevention, and treatments.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI offers grants focused on a variety of research topics.

National Eczema Association (NEA)

The NEA funds research grants that range from $5,000 to more than $100,000 to improve the health and quality of lives of individuals with eczema.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

See research grants offered by the NIAID, including resources for applicants.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)

The NPF Research Program funds and promotes research into psoriatic disease and related comorbidities under NPF’s mission of finding a cure for psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected. 

National Rosacea Society (NRS)

The NRS awards grants for research on rosacea. Because the etiology of rosacea is unknown, high priority is given to research in such areas as the pathogenesis, progression, mechanism of action, cell biology, and potential genetic factors of this conspicuous and often life-disruptive condition. Studies may also be funded in such areas as epidemiology, predisposition, quality of life, and associations with environmental and lifestyle factors. Product development studies (such as drug or device testing), which are more appropriately funded by commercial sources, will not be considered. 

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

The PCORI offers funding to identify critical research questions of outcomes important to patients and answer them through comparative clinical effectiveness research.

Richard B. Stougton Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship enables a dermatology-in-training to present a poster and attend the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. The program seeks outstanding mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health policy and requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C.

The Noah Resident Lectureship Award

The Noah Worcester Dermatological Society (Noah) is a unique organization comprised of the most respected and visible thought leaders in dermatology. The Noah Resident Lectureship Award includes a $1,000 stipend to cover the cost of transportation and travel expenses to and from Noah's annual meeting, complimentary meeting registration, admission to all lectures, invitations to all scheduled Noah social events and dinners, and a standard hotel room for the duration of the conference.

The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)

The SCF funds three research grants each year. Researchers are invited to submit applications for one-year projects to be conducted in the dermatology departments of medical institutions within the United States.