NAAF Research Funding Opportunities

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) funds research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata. NAAF Research Grant opportunities support scientists and clinicians at various levels of their careers and in numerous aspects of the field to pursue promising research ideas and innovative projects that will advance the development or discovery of safe, effective, affordable treatments and a cure for alopecia areata. NAAF is committed to supporting seasoned experts in alopecia areata research and treatment, as well as young scientists and clinicians building careers to become high-caliber, independent researchers with an enduring focus on research relevant to alopecia areata. In addition to Investigator-Initiated Grants, NAAF also provides Bridge Funding Grants to support promising investigators at risk of running out of research funding and are revising outstanding NIH award applications. 

NAAF research grant applications undergo a two-step, single-blind review process under the guidance of a qualified scientific Chair, and adherence to strict conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies. During initial merit review, teams of extramural scientists with relevant expertise as well as patient stakeholders, evaluate and score the technical merit of applications using established review criteria. During the second level of review, a panel of key NAAF stakeholders, patient stakeholders and scientific experts, assesses highly scored applications based on programmatic priorities and budget constraints, and makes final funding recommendations for NAAF’s Board of Directors.  

As part of the Treatment Development Program, NAAF issues Research Funding Announcements (RFAs) each year based on research priorities set forth at NAAF research summits. We are planning our next Grant Cycle Timeline based on when our Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting is scheduled with the FDA (July-December, 2017).  We will not be able to review a round of grants while preparing for our patient conference in June and the PFDD meeting to follow. Therefore, Research Funding Announcements for the next NAAF Grant Cycle will be released Winter of 2017. 

 Grant Cycle Timeline

RFAs Posted Winter 2017
Letter of Intent Submission Deadline (Optional) Winter 2017
Grant Application Submission Deadline Spring 2018
Merit Review and Meeting Spring 2018
Integration Panel Review Meeting Spring 2018
Letters of Award/Decline Sent Summer 2018
Funding Starts Summer 2018
Public Notification Summer 2018

RESEARCH GRANT

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this grant is to provide funds to encourage the development of new information that contributes to the understanding of alopecia areata. Consideration will be given to those projects that provide insight into new therapies. All proposals must be hypothesis generating or hypothesis testing and provide sufficient preliminary data to justify the National Alopecia Areata Foundation’s support.

INSTITUTIONAL ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Required: MD, DO, PhD or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent.

TERMS: $100,000 maximum/year for up to two years.

Research Funding Announcements for the next NAAF Grant Cycle will be released in Winter, 2017. 

MENTORED YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this award is to support young scientists and clinicians to build careers in alopecia areata research with the intention of preparing these young scientists to make successful applications for NIH K or R awards and become high-caliber, independent researchers with an enduring focus on research relevant to alopecia areata. 

INSTITUTIONAL ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Required: MD, DO, PhD or equivalent. Must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency. Young investigators applying for this award must be working in the laboratories of established researchers or conducting research with the mentorship of established researchers with expertise in alopecia areata and related fields. Mentors must agree to oversee and guide the research to completion.

TERMS: $50,000 maximum/year for up to three years.

Research Funding Announcements for the next NAAF Grant Cycle will be released in Winter, 2017. 
 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT BRIDGE GRANT (R, U)

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this grant is to provide funding to highly meritorious alopecia areata-related National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01, R21 or U01 award applicants whose projects were well-scored by the NIH, but not funded.

ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Required: MD, DO, PhD or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent.

Applicants must have been previously funded by one of the following awards: NIH R01, R21, K01, K08 or K23. (R01 Supplements are not eligible for Bridge Grants)

Applicants must have applied to the NIH for an R01, R21 or U01 renewal for an ongoing project or to continue the project via new R01, R21 or U01 and received notification dated within the last 6 months.

Applications must be within 15 points of a fundable score for each particular grant mechanism. 

Applicants must be reapplying for an R01, R21 or U01 Award from the NIH within the next two NIH Grant cycles.

The original NIH project must be aligned with NAAF research priorities and thus must be directly relevant to alopecia areata.

TERMS: $100,000 maximum/year for two years.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT BRIDGE GRANT (K, F)

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this grant is to provide funding to highly meritorious alopecia areata-related National Institutes of Health (NIH) K01, K08, K23 or F32 award applicants whose projects were well-scored by the NIH, but not funded.

ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Required: MD, DO, PhD or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent. 

Applicants must have received a score and funding decision on their NIH K01, K08, K23 or F32 award. Bridge funds are not intended to bridge the period between review and funding.

Applications must be within 15 points of a fundable score for each particular grant mechanism. 

The original NIH project must be aligned with NAAF research priorities and thus must be directly relevant to alopecia areata.

In addition to an excellent application, applicants must be capable of becoming independent, self-directed researchers with a clear and firm institutional commitment to their career development, including a faculty position and other supporting resources. 

TERMS: $75,000 maximum/year for one year. 

Research Funding Announcements for the next NAAF Grant Cycle will be released in Winter, 2017. 

PILOT AND FEASIBILITY GRANT

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this grant is to provide funds to encourage the development and testing of new hypotheses and/or new methods in research areas relevant to alopecia areata. Proposed work must be hypothesis generating or hypothesis testing, reflecting innovative approaches to important questions in alopecia areata research or development of novel methods, and providing sufficient preliminary data to justify the Foundation’s support. Results from Pilot and Feasibility Grants should lead to the submission of applications for funding from other agencies (i.e. NIH). At the conclusion of the funding term, applicants are expected to apply for further funding by other mechanisms or from outside agencies. The award is not intended to support continuation of programs begun under other granting mechanisms.

INSTITUTIONAL ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Required: MD, DO, PhD or equivalent and faculty position or equivalent. 

TERMS: $40,000 maximum/year for one year.

Research Funding Announcements for the next NAAF Grant Cycle will be released in Winter, 2017. 

TRAVEL GRANT FOR RESEARCH MEETINGS

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this grant is to support early career investigators and clinicians to attend a scientific conference or meeting to present alopecia areata-related abstracts or posters and to summarize presentations and posters relevant to alopecia areata for NAAF. Meetings of particular interest include: the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Montagna Symposium, the International Congress on Autoimmunity, World Congress for Hair Research, American Academy of Dermatology, and other relevant meetings in immunology, skin and hair research.

INSTITUTIONAL ELIGIBILITY: Public or private institutions throughout the world such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; and for-profit and non-profit corporations 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must have an MD, PhD or equivalent degree, and/or at least one year of recent research or clinical experience related to alopecia areata. Applicants must be presenting an alopecia areata-related abstract or poster.

TERMS: $1,000 maximum/domestic meeting. $1,800 maximum/international meeting. Grants may be used for registration fees, return-trip transportation to the meeting, travel-associated expenses (e.g., meals, lodging), and meeting-associated expenses (e.g., poster presentation, etc.).

DEADLINE: Travel Grant applications and must be received by NAAF at least 1 month prior to the anticipated meeting or travel. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

HOW TO APPLY: To begin the application process, click here to review the Travel Grant application guidelines and template.