It's Grant Season: NEA Announces 2022 Eczema Research Grant Cycle

Its Grant Season NEA Announces 2022 Eczema Research Grant Cycle image

Applications must be received by June 1, 2022, at 5pm PDT, and recipients will be announced in October 2022.

The National Eczema Association's (NEA) 2022 research grant cycle is now open, with awards totaling $760,000.

Applications must be received by June 1, 2022, at 5 p.m. PDT, and recipients will be announced in October 2022.

As the largest private nonprofit funder of eczema research, NEA has invested over $2.3 million since its first grant was awarded in 2004. Collectively, NEA-funded grants for basic science, clinical and translational research have supported a deeper understanding of the symptoms, comorbidities and burdens of eczema, provided insights into the biology contributing to eczema and targets for new potential treatment strategies, and furthered the ability to improve patient care and disease prevention.

Most notably, for every $1 NEA has invested in eczema research, grantees have collectively gone on to obtain an additional $13.14 in subsequent National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to support further eczema research.

"Eczema affects over 31 million people in the U.S. alone, many with severe, even debilitating impacts to their life and yet we do not see an appropriate investment in research," says Julie Block, CEO of NEA, in a news release. "We've been working hard to fill this gap, to increase the number of scientists, research projects and research dollars devoted to eczema which will lead to better therapies, better care, better outcomes — and one day, potentially a cure."

The 2022 research grant categories are as follows:

Impact Research Grant – Provides funding support for collaborative research projects to conduct multi-institution innovative eczema research.

Champion Research Grant–Encourages proven researchers to continue research on emerging or ongoing challenges in eczema or bring their expertise to the field of eczema.

Spotlight Research Grant – New in 2022, this award promotes research tied to specific areas of interest. This year focuses on eczemas outside of atopic dermatitis, specifically chronic vesicular hand eczema, nummular eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.

Catalyst Research Grant – Designed to support talented early-career scientists on the path toward becoming the next generation of eczema thought leaders by supporting hypothesis-driven research projects.

Engagement Research Grant – Intended for emerging investigators exploring a new research concept, piloting a new experiment, or undertaking a novel or secondary data analysis. 

Childhood Eczema Challenge Grant – Created in collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), this is intended for early or mid-career scientists to accelerate research that improves the health and quality of life of pediatric patients and their families.

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