Hone Your Research 

The Research Career Development Award (CDA) assists an individual in the transition from fellowship to established investigator. It provides career development support in skin research for a junior investigator. 


Know Before You Apply

All Foundation-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. Applicants from minority populations are encouraged to apply.

The DF encourages applications concerning health issues impacting applicants from minority populations, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual ¬ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

Am I eligble?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for the Research Career Development Award.

  • MD; MD, PhD; PhD; or DO degree
  • Appropriate initial training in biomedical research (i.e., two- to three-year fellowship or postdoctoral training)
  • Junior investigator in the early stages of his/her career
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to skin research

How do I apply for the Research Career Development Award?

The DF is now accepting applications for career development awards, fellowships and research grants via our CDAFG Research Award Application Portal. The Applicant Instructions provided below include essential information potential applicants need to know to evaluate the various award opportunities and develop a successful application and research proposal. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to read sections II and III before assembling their application.

The DF has also prepared a Quick Reference Guide to enable users to quickly acclimate to the online application system.

Application deadline: October 15, 2024

Featured Award Recipient

Optimizing Phototesting and Investigating Photobiology of Visible Light

Through improved means of investigating photoprotection efficacy extending into the visible waveband, the proposed studies should provide improved guidelines for testing sun protection agents that prevent sunburn in light-skinned individuals. Additionally, the understanding of the evolution of visible-light–induced pigmentation should improve the assessment and development of novel agents to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation skin conditions commonly seen in individuals with skin of color.


Indermeet Kohli, PhD

Henry Ford Health System

Research Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Research Career Development Award

Jeffrey Smith, MD, PhD
Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Biomedical Determinants of Chemokine Receptor Signaling

William Crisler, PhD - Year 2
Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Discovery of Immunoregulatory Networks in Skin via the Study of Face Transplant Rejection

Sakeen Kashem, MD, PhD - Year 2
University of California, San Francisco
Circadian Control of Inflammatory Pruritus

Yingchao Xue, PhD - Year 2
Johns Hopkins University
Defining the Contribution of Skin Stretch to Obesity-Induced Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Martin Prince Alphonse, PhD - Year 3
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
NLRP12 and Caspase-8 Mediated Inflammasome Signaling in Staphylococcus Aureus Skin Infections

Satish Sati, PhD - Year 3
University of Pennsylvania
Investigating Neuroimmune Interactions to Promote Scarless Skin Regeneration