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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; follow this page for updates. To be placed on NAAF’s email list for grant anouncements, contact Lisa Anderson, PhD, Senior Director of Research, via email.
NAAF is planning for a new Request for Applications for 2023 grants. Learn about types of grants offered in past application cycles here.
In collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), NAAF is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for research explorations focused on pediatric alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata (AA) is a common autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes on other areas of the body, and affects as many as 160 million people worldwide. Nearly half of patients experience their first episode of alopecia areata before age 20. A diagnosis early in life is linked to higher disease severity and poorer prognosis, making pediatric alopecia areata an important target for research and therapeutic intervention. Despite recent advances, there are no FDA-approved treatments for pediatric alopecia areata. The burdens on these patients, and their families, can be significant and many important research questions remain unanswered.
To address this need, NAAF and PeDRA are collaborating to support research investigations focused on pediatric alopecia areata with the Pediatric Alopecia Areata Challenge Grant. Through this grant, NAAF and PeDRA intend to accelerate research that improves the lives of pediatric alopecia areata patients and their families.
This Challenge Grant is intended to stimulate scientists to establish or sustain research programs focused on pediatric alopecia areata. Investigators with any innovative research idea are encouraged to apply for the challenge grant, with priority consideration 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 alopecia areata 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