Expand Your Work with a Research Grant

The Foundation’s Research Grants provide financial support for research projects in dermatology and cutaneous biology that benefit the dermatology community at large.


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. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

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

Research Grants FAQs

Am I eligible?

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

If you meet the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for a Research Grant.

  • M.D.; M.D., Ph.D.; Ph.D.; or D.O. degree
  • Junior investigator in the early stages of academic career
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to skin research
  • Project not funded from other sources
  • NOT available to residents unless in a research year of a 4-year program defined by no more than 20% of time devoted to clinical responsibilities

How do I apply for grant funding?

The PDF application instructions provide 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 beginning any paperwork.

Application deadline: October 15, 2021


Takeshi Yamauchi, Ph.D.

University of Colorado

Research Grant

Featured Award Recipient

The Role of Ethanol and Acetaldehyde in Melanocytes

Although alcohol consumption correlates with an increased risk of cancers, including melanoma, direct evidence of alcohol-induced melanoma development is lacking. Alcohol is broken down into carcinogenic acetaldehyde, and then detoxified into acetic acid by aldehyde dehydrogenase family 3 member mitochondrial (ALDH2). Here we seek to investigate whether ethanol (alcohol) and acetaldehyde induce relevant mitochondrial dysfunction and DNA damage in melanocytes.

Award Recipients | Research Grants

Stephanie R. Gillespie, Ph.D. 
Columbia University 
Investigating the Role of Ctsk in CD200-stimulated Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Metastasis 

Matthew L. Hedberg, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Pennsylvania 
Immunoediting in Cutaneous Squamous Carcinogenesis 

Naiem T. Issa, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Miami 
Computational Drug Discovery of Novel Small Molecule Inhibitor Chemotypes of GNAQ (Gq) Signaling 

Nan Ring, M.D. 
Yale University 
Characterizing the Role of the Cutaneous Microbiota in Darier Disease 

Mariana Silva, Ph.D. 
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Cell Type-dependent PD-1 Inhibitor Affinity and Its Significance in Melanoma Immunotherapy 

Takeshi Yamauchi, Ph.D. 
University of Colorado, Denver 
The Role of Ethanol and Acetaldehyde in Melanocytes