Research Grants

The Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) announces a call for proposals to compete for research awards 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 Pilot Project 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 - either single investigator or collective projects - by SPD/PeDRA members. Collaborative projects must meet the objectives of a disease-specific group. Pilot Project Grants are reviewed and selected by a joint SPD/PeDRA's Grant Review Committee and allocated directly by PeDRA as follows:

  • Pilot Grants - up to $7,500 (at least one will be awarded for a single investigator project; the rest will be required to be collaborative projects)
  • Team Grants - up to $25,000 (required to be collaborative projects)

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 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

>>Grant Support Guidelines
>>2016 Grant Information Sheet (PDF file) - will be available by March 1, 2016