Research Grants

The Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) announces a call for proposals to compete for a research award and grants supporting the field of pediatric dermatology.

The William Weston Research Award (funding up to $15,000) supports scholarly clinical or basic research. Proposals are evaluated on their importance to pediatric dermatology, their scientific merit and their likelihood of success. Preference is given to young investigators seeking to establish a research program and to members of the Society. One (1) Weston Research Award will be given in 2016 and be reviewed/selected by SPD's Awards and Grants Committee.

The Research Grants support the initiation of studies important to Pediatric Dermatology and are given in conjunction with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), SPD's research arm. In 2016, there will be up to $85,000 available across two cycles to fund high quality studies for single investigator/institution or collaborative projects by SPD/PeDRA members. Collaborative projects must meet the objectives of a disease-specific group. All research proposals are reviewed and selected by a joint SPD/PeDRA Grant Review Committee and allocated directly by SPD/PeDRA as follows:

  • Pilot Grants - up to $7,500
    While collaborative projects are encouraged, at least one grant will be awarded to a single investigator/institution project. Projects need to be completed within one year of grant receipt.
  • Team Grants - up to $25,000
    A Team Grant is a collaborative proposal intended for several PeDRA members at different institutions and is larger in scope and duration; prior pilot data may be an asset. Projects need to be completed within 2 years of grant receipt.

The application deadline for first cycle 2016 is May 1, 2016. Grant recipients will be notified in June 2016 and be officially recognized at the society's 42nd Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 14-17, 2016. The application deadline for second cycle 2016 is December 7, 2016. Grant recipients will be notified in February 2017 and be officially recognized at the society's Pre-AAD Meeting in Orlando, Florida on March 2, 2017.


  • The Weston Research Award will be refashioned as the Weston Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award (CDA) and offer $40,000 in support for one year (0.2 FTE). The CDA will be given every other year (2017, 2019, etc.). Initial deadline for the Weston Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award will be December 7, 2016. More detailed information and criteria about the CDA will be available shortly.

2015 Recipients:

William Weston Research Award
Nicole K. Brogden, PharmD, PhD & Heather Ciliberto, MD, University of Iowa
A Prospective Pilot Study to Define Epidermal Barrier Properties and Cytokine/Growth Factor Expression in Patients with Infantile Hemangiomas
Pilot Project Grant
Nicholas Nguyen, MD & Anna Bruckner, MD, University of Colorado
A Pilot Study Exploring the Efficacy and Safety of Topical Oxybutynin 3% Gel for Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis in Adolescents and Young Adults
Pilot Project Grant
Maria Teresa Garcia-Romero M.D., MPH, National Institute of Pediatrics - Mexico
Clinico-Pathological Correlation in Patients with Suspected Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Pilot Project Grant
Sara Raimondi, PhD, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia - Italy
Role of Melanocortin-1 Receptor Variants in Childhood and Adolescent Melanoma

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