Research Awards Program

Funding Agency:
Dermatology Foundation

The DF's Research Awards Program offers a variety of research awards intended to further the specialty and enable advancements in patient care. An emphasis is placed on supporting research that benefits the dermatology community at large and has significant potential to advance patient care. It is the expectation that the recipients of Foundation awards will be tomorrow's expert teachers, innovative investigators and master clinicians in dermatology.

All DF-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. Applicants must meet the DF's general eligibility requirements, in addition to award-specific requirements presented on or before the time of funding. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Dermatology Foundation encourages applications concerning health issues impacting minority groups, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual­ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

Special Opportunity — Apply by November 18, 2019

Dermatology Foundation - MRA Melanoma Detection or Prevention Mid-Career Investigator Award

The Dermatology Foundation is pleased to partner with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to co-sponsor a unique opportunity for a mid-career investigator. Grant applications are requested for dermatologic research addressing improved approaches for melanoma detection or prevention.

The award will provide $100,000 in research support for one year beginning July 1, 2020, with the option to renew for one additional year. 


2020 Stiefel Scholar and Sun Pharma Research Awards — Apply by September 16

The Dermatology Foundation is pleased to once again offer two opportunities for mid-career investigators: the Stiefel Scholar Award and the Sun Pharma Research Award. Click here for the specific eligibility requirements and application instructions. Interested individuals will also need to download the appropriate application form.

2020 Career Development Awards, Fellowships, and Grants — Apply by October 15

Please read the Applicant Instructions carefully for the most current eligibility and application information. Application forms have been updated to obtain additional information. Applicants are encouraged to download the most up to date forms.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements


Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 18, 2019