Sulzberger Institute Grant

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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 will improve patient care.

Proposals that focus on technology-based teaching applications that are novel and cutting-edge, and also further clinical education in dermatology, are encouraged. The number of awards and grant amounts is contingent upon the quality of the applications received. 

Rajendra Singh, MD; Tammie Ferringer, MD; and Dirk Elston, MD, were awarded this grant to expand development of the MyDermPath mobile application, a mobile and web-based application that utilizes an algorithmic approach to diagnosis using histologic features. The MyDermPath+ app is now available for download.

Available grants

  • Seed grants (up to $60,000 per year) for a period of one to two years.
  • Small grants (up to $5,000) for a period of one year.
  • Tuition support (up to $7,500) for education and accredited technology courses.


  • Grants are preferentially awarded to young dermatologists who have not previously received significant extramural funding.
  • Residents and fellows are encouraged to apply.
  • The Sulzberger Institute is not interested in funding commercial, for-profit projects.
    Note: 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. 

  • When to apply

    2016 applications in review for 2017 grants.
    Notification date: June 2017

  • Application materials
    • Letter of Intent should include:
      • Abstract
      • Specific aims
      • Preliminary data (or other evidence of likelihood of success)
      • 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.)
    Guidance questions:
    • 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
  • Selection process
    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.

    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.

  • Questions
    For questions, please contact Mandy Bell at
  • Past recipients


    Seed grants

    "The Basic Science of Hair"
    PI: Eduardo Vidal, MD

    "The effect of mobile application-based peri-operative education on dermatologic surgery outcomes"
    PI: Daniel Pearce, MD

    Small grants

    "Dermal Club: An Evidence-Based Dermatology Journal Club App"
    PI: Vinod Nambudiri, MD, MBA

    "Development of Online Educational Courses Material for Caregivers of Children with Atopic Dermatitis"
    PI: Nanette Silverberg, MD


    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, MD

    "Preparing residents for the changing practice of dermatology through developing a teledermatology curriculum"
    PI: Ive Lee, MD

    "Rapid introduction to dermatopathology: A programmed course"
    PI: Ron Birnbaum, MD

    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, MD

    "Comprehensive Web-based dermatopathology education through digital slide archive, Web-based slide viewing and blog-style clinical-pathologic grand rounds"
    PI: Chong Wee Foo, MD


    Seed grant for the development of technology-based programs

    "Videos in Dermatology Education"
    PI: Mathew Molenda, MD

    Small grants Initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

    "Dermatology Global Grand Rounds: A Novel Transcultural Tele-Education Program"
    PI: Cindy Chambers, MPH


    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, MD

    "Logistical design and implementation of a distance based video/audio transcription system"
    PI: Rashid Rashid, MD

    "Using mobile teledermatology to assist in relieving the burden of skin disease in developing countries through increasing clinician education"
    PI: Carrie Kovarik, MD

    "Three-dimensional virtual epidermal basement membrane interactive DVD"
    PI: Eduardo Vidal, MD

    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, MD


    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, MD

    Small grants initiated by residents and post-residency fellows

    "YouTube contest to promote sun safety public health messaging"
    PI: William Howe, MD

    "A computer-based teaching module for psoriasis education"
    PI: Moshin Malik, MD

    "Infantile hemangiomas and the development of educational resources on the World Wide Web"
    PI: Maria Garzon, MD

    "Pediatric dermatology Web-based curriculum"
    PI: Sheila Galbraith, MD

    "Self-study preferences of dermatology residents"
    PI: Samantha Hill, MD


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

    "DermBase: A real-time database for dermatology research"
    Co-PIs: John Strasswimmer, MD, PhD, and Brian Jiang, MD


    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, MD


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

    "The eDerm curriculum"
    PI: Timothy Berger, MD

    "Derma share image sharing and storage"
    PI: Joseph C. Kvedar, MD


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

    "Dermatology problem-based learning competency assessment"
    PI: Erik J. Stratman, MD