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. The latest grant cycle's application period is now closed as of December 7.

>> Grant Support Guidelines & Application Instructions

New this year:

  • Total funds available for 2018: $97,600
  • Two (2) grant cycles: May 1 and December 7, 2018
  • 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 were notified in June 2018 and recognized at the SPD's Annual Meeting last July in Lake Tahoe. Second cycle grant recipients will be notified in February 2019 and officially recognized at the SPD's 2019 Pre-AAD Meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 28.

2018 Recipients - May Cycle:

Collaborative / Team Grant
Elaine Siegfried, MD, St. Louis University SOM / Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
Guidelines for Use of Methotrexate in Pediatric Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Pilot Grant - Single Site
Markus Boos, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital
An Examination of the Dermatologic Needs of Sexual/Gender Minority Youth
Pilot Grant - Single Site
Alana McEvoy, MD, University of Ottawa
A Pilot Study to Assess the Impact of a Validated Illustrated Eczema Action Plan on Pediatric Patients

2017 Recipients - December Cycle:

Collaborative / Team Grant
Minnelly Luu, MD, USC/Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Atopic Dermatitis: An Assessment of Leseional Morphology by Race/Ethnicity
Collaborative / Team Grant
Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Quality of Life of Parents with Children with Alopecia Areata
Pilot Grant - Single Site
Pranab Mukherjee, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Dermatitis and the Microbiome

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

Click here for Past Grant Recipients