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 the projects we funded in 2019.

Funding Cycle

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be issuing a solicitation for applications this year. Our next funding cycle is planned for 2022. Applications for the 2022 cycle will be invited in the spring of 2021. More information about the application and  review process will be made available in the spring of 2021.

Types of Grants and Awards

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.

Student Internship Awards

Student Internship Awards are intended to support students, residents and fellows conducting short-term research projects focused on alopecia areata under the supervision of experienced investigators in the field. The goal is to enable promising young scientists and physicians to acquire skills that will further their careers in research relevant to alopecia areata. Awards are $3,000 maximum for one year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be issuing a solicitation for student internship award applications this year. Please check back for information on our next student internship award cycle.

Travel Grant Awards

Travel Grant Awards are intended to support students, residents and fellows attending a scientific conference or meeting to present research related to alopecia areata. Applicants must have an abstract accepted for oral or poster presentation and attend the conference in its entirety. Awards are $1,000 maximum for domestic travel and $1,800 maximum for international travel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are no longer accepting travel grant applications this year. Please check back for information on 2021 travel grants.