The Dermatology Foundation was established over fifty years ago to provide research funding that would help develop and retain talented new physician scientists and investigators, enabling advancements in patient care. Today, the foundation remains fully committed to furthering the specialty of dermatology by offering a variety of funding opportunities through its Research Awards Program.
To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for Career Development Awards. Through the program, grants of up $55,000 will be awarded in nine separate categories:
Physician Scientist Career Development Award — Supports the academic career of a physician scientist who is devoted to clinical dermatology and assists in the transition from fellowship to established investigator.
Public Health Career Development Award — Supports the establishment and/or development of careers in public health. Research proposals may concern health care policy, epidemiological research, outcome studies, comparative effectiveness research, information system development, teledermatology, or other topics relating to public health.
Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery — Supports clinically relevant research projects that will further the practice of dermatologic surgery and develop the teaching, research, and/or leadership abilities of dermatologic surgeons. Projects may include but are not limited to clinical research projects addressing severe dermatologic diseases requiring procedural interventions (including surgical, laser, and other physical interventions), patient safety, wound healing, clinical outcome measures, cosmetic dermatology, or the basic sciences.
Dermatopathology Research Career Development Award — Supports the academic career development of future intellectual leaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to advance the fields of dermatopathology and dermatology through research and/or education.
Medical Dermatology Career Development Award — Funding for future intellectual leaders, educators, and clinical scholars in an aspect of the specialty that addresses severe dermatologic disease.
Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award — Supports future intellectual leaders, educators, clinical scholars, and/or translational investigators in aspects of the specialty that relate to dermatologic diseases in infants and children.
Women's Health Career Development Award — Supports research on women’s health issues where further research is needed, ranging from disorders that affect primarily women, such as lupus and scleroderma, to the effects of hormones and environmental factors on the skin and cutaneous aging
Science of Human Appearance Career Development Award — Supports the career development of individuals who wish to understand the cell and molecular mechanisms of altered human appearance or of therapeutic interventions. The award is intended to support research addressing human appearance issues caused by aging and/or environmental factors.
Research Career Development Award — To assist an individual engaged in skin research in the transition from fellowship to established investigator.
The Dermatology Foundation encourages applications concerning health issues that impact minority groups, including but not limited to racial minorities, sexual-gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible, applicants must hold an MD; MD, PhD; or DO degree and have completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program. Individual awards each have additional eligiblity requirements.
See the Dermatology Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.