Research Grants

The SPD and its research arm, the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), are committed to boosting pediatric research in spite of hurdles and inherent difficulties related to funding research involving both rare and common diseases in young children. To this end, the SPD and PeDRA are calling for proposals as part of a competitive award program.

New this year:

  • Total funds available for 2017: $91,000
  • Two (2) grant cycles: May 1 and December 1, 2017
  • Two (2) types of grants:
    • Pilot Grants - up to $7,500 for each project
      Both single investigator/institution and multi-institutional/collaborate projects may be submitted for Pilot Grants. This grant is meant to support exploration of new research ideas where there is not enough information and/or preliminary data. Projects must be completed within one year of grant receipt.
    • Team Grants - up to $25,000 for each project
      A Team Grant is a proposal that is larger in scope and duration. Only collaborative/multisite projects qualify for Team Grants. Prior pilot data may be an asset. Projects must be completed within 1-2 years of grant receipt.

*The number of grants varies by cycle depending on available funds and quality of proposals.

First cycle grant recipients will be notified in June 2017 and recognized at the SPD's Annual Meeting, which will be the World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, scheduled for July 6-9 in Chicago. Second cycle grant recipients will be notified in February 2018 and officially recognized at the SPD's 2018 Pre-AAD Meeting in San Diego (February 15). The application deadline for the first cycle 2017 grants is May 1, 2017.

2017 Recipients - May Cycle:

Team Grant
Lisa Arkin, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine / American Family Children's Hospital
Retrospective cohort study of pediatric onset discoid lupus
Pilot Project Grant
Elena Hawryluk, MD, Harvard Medical School
Retrospective study of fatal pediatric melanoma cases
Pilot Project Grant
Megha Tollefson, MD, Mayo Clinic Department of Dermatology
Bone health in children with atopic dermatitis

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