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.

The Dermatology Foundation is now accepting applications for 2021 career development awards, fellowships, and grants. The Foundation offers nine categories of highly-competitive career development awards (CDAs). Career development awards may be renewed annually for up to a total of three years of funding. Strong institutional commitment for an individual’s career development is essential for a recipient of any career development award, and must be clearly explained in the Department Chair’s form of support. Renewal of a career development award for a second and third year will depend on a recipient’s ability to provide evidence of significant progress on the research project, demonstrated institutional commitment to career development, and progress toward obtaining other funding. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020.

2021 Sun Pharma Research Award - Applications Due October 1

The Dermatology Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Sun Pharma Research Award. This award provides $100,000 in annual support and is intended to support an outstanding mid-career investigator with an established trajectory of excellence in dermatologic research.

The Sun Pharma Research Award supports research that should yield novel results that expand the understanding and/or treatment of patients with inflammatory skin disorders including but not limited to psoriasis or atopic dermatitis. Research proposals are expected to be hypothesis-driven and should span a three-year period.

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Eligibility Requirements


Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 1, 2020