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, NAAF also provides Bridge Grants to support highly meritorious National Institutes of Health (NIH) award applicants whose alopecia areata-related projects were well-scored, but not funded.

2019 Research Funding Cycle

Detailed application instructions may be found here which 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 this entire document before beginning any application. Applications for the 2019 award year must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on July 31, 2019.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Important Dates

May 7, 2019 Research Funding Announcements
May 23, 2019 Online Application Portal Opens
July 31, 2019 Full Application Due
Aug 15-Oct 15, 2019 Merit Review
Oct 25-Nov 30, 2019 Integration Panel Review
December 6, 2019 Awards Announced

Grant Review Process

NAAF research grant applications undergo a two-step, single-blind review process under the guidance of a qualified scientific Chair. NAAF reviewers adhere to conflict-of-interest and confidentiality requirements that are intended to promote an unbiased review process by minimizing even the appearance of a conflict of interest, and by restricting the use of privileged application and review information. During initial merit review, teams of experienced scientific reviewers (i.e. members of the extramural research community) and patient advocates (i.e. individuals with alopecia areata, caregivers and family members), evaluate and score the technical merit and importance of research aims of applications using established review criteria. During the second level of review, conducted by the Integration Panel (IP), highly scored applications are assessed based on programmatic priorities and budget constraints.

Research Funding Priorities

NAAF strategically funds highly meritorious grants to advance research in a diverse and balanced way.  We consider applications in broad range of areas, including (1) basic research offering leads for a cure or prevention (2) translational and clinical studies offering high-impact results and immediate benefits and (3) research to quantify and qualify biological, psychosocial and economic impacts for the purpose of addressing those impacts and improving quality of life as well as ensuring swift regulatory approval and insurance reimbursement for potential treatments. NAAF has adopted the following criteria for evaluating highly scored grant applications for funding based on NAAF programmatic priorities to identify those that fit best within our existing research portfolio. The framework was developed by staff and reviewed by our Research Advisors and Health & Research Ambassadors. As our work progresses and we engage with a broad range of patients, caregivers, researchers, and other stakeholders, we may update and develop additional priorities for research. More information about funding priorities can be found in the application instructions here

In addition, NAAF conducts research summits every two years to review progress, identify opportunities to further advance research and create new directions in its funded and promoted research. NAAF will continue to provide support and leadership toward accomplishing the targeted research aims resulting from these summits to help bring effective therapies for alopecia areata to market and enhance the understanding of disease.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through NAAF’s online application portal before the deadline on July 31, 2019 at 5 pm ET. To help applicants navigate the system we've prepared a short Online Application Submission Guide available here.

Submit Your Application at:
www.naaf.org/apply

To begin your application, login or register to create an account and select which type of funding application you plan to submit. This will take you an online application form requesting general applicant, project and institutional information. Your complete application with all accompanying materials must be uploaded as a single electronic file (either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) in the specified field.

Award Opportunities and Eligibility Requirements

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.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or equivalent) and hold a faculty position or equivalent at an institution (public or private universities, hospitals, laboratories or corporations) engaged in health-related research. The applicant must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research, and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the sponsoring institution. The applicant does not need to be a United States citizen and the research does not need to take place in the United States.

Award: $100,000 maximum per year for up to two years.

Download the Research Grant application here

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.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or equivalent) and hold a faculty position or equivalent at an institution (public or private universities, hospitals, laboratories or corporations) engaged in health-related research. The applicant must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research, and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the sponsoring institution. The applicant does not need to be a United States citizen and the research does not need to take place in the United States.

Award: $40,000 maximum for one year.

Download the Pilot and Feasibility Grant application here

Description: The objective of this award is to support scientists and clinicians working to build careers in alopecia areata research with the intention of preparing these investigators 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.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or equivalent) and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency. Investigators applying for this award must be working in the laboratories of established researchers or conducting research under the mentorship of established researchers with expertise in alopecia areata or related fields. Mentors must agree to oversee the research to completion and hold a faculty position or equivalent at an institution (public or private universities, hospitals, laboratories or corporations) engaged in health-related research. The applicant must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research. The applicant does not need to be a United States citizen and the research does not need to take place in the United States.

Award: $50,000 maximum per year for up to three years.

Download the Mentored Investigator Award application here

Description: The objective of this grant is to support researchers who have submitted highly meritorious but unfunded K-type (career development) and R-type applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or equivalent) and hold a faculty position or equivalent at an institution (public or private universities, hospitals, laboratories or corporations) engaged in health-related research. The applicant must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research, and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the sponsoring institution.

The project proposed must have been submitted as an application for either a K-type or R-type (or equivalent) award aligned with NAAF research priorities and directly relevant to alopecia areata. The original application must have received a funding decision from the NIH and be within 15 points of a fundable score for the particular grant mechanism. Bridge funds are not intended to bridge the period between review and funding.

Award: $100,000 maximum per year for up to two years for R-type bridge grant or $75,000 maximum for one year for K-type bridge grant.

Download the Bridge Grant application here

Description: The objective of this grant is to 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 acquire additional academic or research skills to further their careers 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. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review NAAF’s Research Funding Priorities and targeted research aims resulting from NAAF Research Summits.

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.
      • Be committed to conducting a research project focused on alopecia areata.

The supervisor 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.

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

Project Period: Between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Application: Applicants must be students (undergraduate, graduate, medical), residents or fellows with established support from a lab interested in hosting them. To initiate the application process, students are encouraged to solicit labs working on alopecia areata and spervisors are encouraged to refer the opportunity to promising applicants. The expectation is that applications will be drafted through a collaborative process between student and supervisor.

Applications must be submitted through NAAF’s online application portal by 5 pm ET on November 30, 2019. The online portal will take you to an application form that asks for general applicant, project, and institutional information. Complete applications and accompanying materials must be compiled and uploaded as a single electronic file (either MS Word or Adobe PDF) in the specified field. The online portal for this application will open on August 1, 2019. Award notifications are anticipated by February 7, 2020.

Review Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a committee of leaders in the field of alopecia areata research. Awardees will be selected based on the following four criteria:

  • Relevance of project to alopecia areata
  • Strength of project
  • Strength of mentorship
  • Strength of applicant

Download the Student Internship Award application and instructions here.

Description: The objective of this award is to help early career researchers cover the cost of attending a scientific conference or meeting to present research related to alopecia areata. Meetings of particular interest include: the Society for Investigative Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, World Congress of Dermatology, World Congress for Hair Research and other relevant meetings in immunology, skin and hair research.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a student, postdoctoral fellow, or a newer MD and/or PhD in early stage career development from an academic research institution. You must have an alopecia areata-related abstract accepted for oral or poster presentation at the meeting and attend the conference in its entirety.

Award: Awards of up to $1,000 for domestic travel and $1,800 for international travel are available to qualified applicants.

Terms: Travel grants can only be used to cover registration, travel, and accommodation. Individuals can receive no more than one travel grant award per calendar year.

Application: Travel Grant applications and must be received by NAAF at least 30 days prior to the anticipated meeting to be considered. Application must include a copy of the abstract submitted and a copy of the letter or e-mail confirming acceptance of presentation or poster.

Download the Travel Grant application and instructions here.