Research Grants and Awards

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation offers competitive awards and grants to members of the research and medical community who help advance alopecia areata research and care. Our grants support investigators at every professional stage and include opportunities specifically designed to help talented young scientists establish careers in alopecia areata research. Applications related to all aspects of alopecia areata are strongly encouraged, including basic science, translational research, technology, epidemiology, health services, and clinical research. Applications undergo a rigorous scientific review by a panel of experts and are then selected for funding based on patient input and Foundation priorities. Click here to learn about past projects funded by NAAF.

NAAF is updating its grant opportunites; check back for new postings. 
To be placed on NAAF's email list for grant anouncements, contact Lisa Anderson, PhD, Research Director, at lisa@naaf.org.


2023 Student Internship Awards - Now Accepting Applications!

NAAF's Student Internship Awards support students (undergraduate, graduate, medical), residents, or fellows interested in conducting research focused on alopecia areata. The goal is to enable promising young scientists and physicians to hone their research skills and go on to become investigators focused on improving the lives of those living with alopecia areata.

Applications related to all aspects of alopecia areata are strongly encouraged, including basic science, translational research, burden of disease, epidemiology, and clinical research.

Awardees will receive $3,000 as salary/stipend. Awards will be paid to and administered by the mentor/supervisor’s host institution.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a student (undergraduate, graduate, medical), resident, or fellow for the duration of the award; have the endorsement of an investigator willing to host the applicant in their lab; and be committed to conducting a research project focused on alopecia areata.
Project supervisors must be capable of mentoring the applicant during the proposed study period, be affiliated with an institution capable of administering the internship, have an active interest in alopecia areata research.
**Please note that the number of  student internship awards to any one research group or laboratory may be limited to encourage broad particpation.

Project Period: Between May 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023

Deadline: The deadline to apply is February 15, 2023. Email completed applications to lisa@naaf.org.

Download the announcement and instructions: 2023 SIA Annoucement and Instructions

Download the application template: 2023 Student Internship Award Application Template


2022 Pediatric Alopecia Areata Challenge Grant - CLOSED

In collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), NAAF is excited to offer a new opportunity for research explorations focused on pediatric alopecia areata (AA).

The 2022 Pediatric Alopecia Areata Challenge Grant will award up to $50,000 to stimulate scientists to establish or sustain research programs focused on pediatric AA and advance novel insights into pediatric AA. Investigators with any innovative research idea are encouraged to apply, with priority  given to proposals that address one or more of the following areas of interest:
  • Investigations of targets or pathways that will advance understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric AA 
  • Investigations of epidemiology or the natural history of pediatric AA
  • Elucidation of the burden of pediatric AA on patients and families including the psychosocial impact
  • Advances in treatment or tools for treatment decision-making by patients and families

Priority consideration will be given to projects led by early-to-mid career principal investigators collaborating with senior mentors and projects that address high-priority research questions. Additional priority will be given to applications that support NAAF and PeDRA’s commitments to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion across all facets of their organizations and the research they support.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

View the RFP: RFP NAAF PeDRA Challenge Grant

View the Application: Application NAAF PeDRA Challenge Grant


2022 Travel Grant Awards - CLOSED

NAAF Travel Grants support early career researchers attending scientific conferences or meetings to present accepted alopecia areata-related abstracts as talks or posters. Meetings of particular interest include: the Society for Investigative Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, the International Congress on Autoimmunity, World Congress for Hair Research, and other relevant meetings in immunology, skin, and hair research.

Applicant Eligibility: To be considered for this award, you must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or a newer MD and/or PhD in early stage career development. You must attend the meeting in its entirety and be presenting an alopecia areata-related abstract or poster.
**Please note that the number of  travel awards to any one research group or laboratory may be limited to encourage broad particpation.

Terms: Grants may be used for travel to a scientific meeting to present alopecia areata-related abstracts or posters. Travel Grants for up to $1,000 to attend domestic meetings and up to $1,500 to attend international meetings are available. Grants may be used for registration fees, round-trip transportation to the meeting, lodging, and meeting-associated expenses (e.g., poster preparation).

Deadline: Travel Grant applications must be received by NAAF at least 30 days prior to the anticipated meeting or travel. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Download the application and instructions: 2022 NAAF Travel Grant Application 
Email completed applications to lisa@naaf.org.


Other Grants and Awards

NAAF is planning for a new Request for Applications for 2023 grants. Grant types offered in past application cycles are described below.

Follow this page for updates, or to be placed on NAAF's email list for grant anouncements, contact Lisa Anderson, PhD, Research Director, at lisa@naaf.org.

Research Grants

Research Grants are intended to support studies focused on understanding the mechanisms behind disease pathophysiology, translational application of basic discoveries, or provide insight into new therapies using translational, clinical, or epidemiologic approaches. Proposals must be hypothesis-driven and provide sufficient preliminary data to justify NAAF support. Awards are $100,000 maximum per year for up to two years.

Pilot and Feasibility Grants

Pilot and Feasibility Grants are intended to support studies that explore preliminary ideas and conduct proof-of-concept experiments. The goal is to stimulate the development of new research programs in the field of alopecia areata capable of competing for long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health or similar agencies in the future. Proposals must be hypothesis-driven and reflect innovative approaches to address critical questions in alopecia areata research. Awards are $40,000 maximum for one year.

Mentored Investigator Awards

Mentored Investigator Awards are intended to support postdoctoral researchers training to conduct alopecia areata research independently. The goal is to put recipients in a position to compete for larger grants in the future and to establish successful long-term careers with an enduring focus on research relevant to alopecia areata. Awards are $50,000 maximum per year for up to three years.

Bridge Grants

Bridge Grants are intended to support researchers who have submitted highly meritorious but unfunded K-type (career development) and R-type applications to the National Institutes of Health with a focus on alopecia areata. This grant is intended to provide a critical year of additional support to near-miss applicants whose projects were well-scored by the NIH, but not funded so that they can collect data that strengthens a future application. Awards are $100,000 maximum per year for up to two years for R-type bridge grants and $75,000 maximum for one year for K-type bridge grants.