The National Eczema Association (NEA) and the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) joined forces to create the Childhood Eczema Challenge Grant to accelerate research that improves the health and quality of life of pediatric patients and their families.

The grant of $50,000 will be awarded to an early or mid-career scientist or team of scientists whose research project will best further this goal.

The Childhood Eczema Challenge Grant will focus on at least one of four research areas: novel insights into disease heterogeneity, innovation in clinical practice and care, understanding and alleviating disease burden, and eczema prevention.

"By collaborating with NEA on this Challenge Grant, we expect to answer questions that matter to patients and caregivers," says Michael Siegel, PhD, executive director of PeDRA, in a news release. "Results will better equip pediatric dermatologists in our community as they strive to improve quality of life for children and their families."

Applications for the Challenge Grant are due by May 1, 2020, with the awardee to be announced by June 30, 2020.

"Children make up a substantial percentage of the patient community we serve," notes Julie Block, president and CEO of NEA. "This partnership with PeDRA presents a huge opportunity to advance pediatric eczema research, share key learnings, and improve the lives of children living with eczema and the families that love them."

In addition to providing meaningful research funding to those awarded, the Challenge Grant furthers the missions and strategic priorities of both NEA and PeDRA. For more information on the 2020 Childhood Eczema Challenge Grant, visit https://pedraresearch.org/grants-awards or https://nationaleczema.org/research/research-we-fund/for-researchers/childhood-eczema-challenge-grant/