Grants to Support Research

The Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) is the research arm of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD). Together, both organizations 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 21, 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.

Click to view the Grant Support Guidelines

Award and Grant Applications:

Research – Pilot Grants (download fillable PDF)

Research – Team Grants (download fillable PDF)

December 2016 Recipients:

Team Grant (Multisite)
Michele Ramien, MD, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
North American Study of Pediatric Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: Setting Diagnostic Criteria, Systematic Review and Retrospective Cohort Analysis Comparing Outcomes of Common Treatments


Team Grant (Multisite)
Esteban Fernandez Faith, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Retrospective Cohort Study of Ulcerated Hemangiomas



Pilot Project Grant (Single Site)
Kristin Hook, MD, University of Minnesota
Severity and Culture Status in Epidermolysis Bullosa with Bleach Baths versus Vinegar Baths



Pilot Project Grant (Single Site)
Carrie Coughlin, MD, Washington University



May 2016 Recipients:

Team Grant (Multisite)

(Beth Drolet, MD, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Multi Center Phenotype-Genotype Analysis of Vascular Overgrowth Syndromes


Pilot Project Grant (Single Site)

Christine Lauren, MD, Columbia University
TADPOLES Study: Texting Atopic Dermatitis Patients to Optimize Learning and EASI Scores


Pilot Project Grant (Single Site)

Christina Boull, MD, University of Minnesota
Cutaneous Findings in Fanconi Anemia and Patient Perceptions of Skin Changes