Grants to Support Research

The Research Hot Seat – A PeDRA Shark Tank

  • PeDRA is currently seeking applicants for its inaugural Research Hot Seat, to be hosted at the 2018 PeDRA Annual Conference, October 25-27 in Denver, CO.
  • Invited applicants will get the chance to pitch innovative projects in a friendly, collaborative environment.  A panel of judges will award up to $25,000 to support winning project(s).
  • Applications due: Thursday, September 13th
  • For more information, including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply, please view the Request for Applications.

Research Grants

PeDRA is the research arm of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD). Together, PeDRA and SPD are committed to boosting pediatric research in spite of the hurdles and inherent challenges related to funding research involving both rare and common children’s skin diseases. To this end, PeDRA and SPD are calling for proposals as part of a competitive award program:

• Total funds available for 2018: $97,600

• Two (2) grant cycles: May 1 and December 1, 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 will be notified in June 2018 and recognized at the SPD’s Annual Meeting this 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 DC (February 28). The application deadline for the first cycle 2018 grants is May 1, 2018.

PeDRA and SPD have implemented a fully automated online submission process.
Online Grant Submission Form

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Request for Applications: December 2018 Research Grants

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Research Grant Guidelines

PeDRA/SPD Research Grant Recipients

May 2018 Recipients:

Collaborative / Team Grant
Elaine Siegfried, MD; Saint Louis University
Guidelines for Use of Methotrexate in Pediatric Inflammatory Skin Diseases



Pilot / Single Site
Markus Boos, MD; Seattle Children’s Hospital
An Examination of the Dermatologic Needs of Sexual/Gender Minority Youth



Pilot / 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




December 2017 Recipients:

Collaborative / Team Grant
Minnelly Luu, MD, USC/Children’s Hospital of Los AngelesAtopic Dermatitis:
An Assessment of Lesional Morphology in Atopic Dermatitis 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


Pilot Grant – single site
Jennifer Schoch, MD, University of Florida
Exploring the Cutaneous Microbiome in Premature Neonates: A Pilot Study




Click here for past recipients