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NEA Funded Research


Since 2004, NEA has been funding research to improve the health and quality of lives of individuals with eczema. The NEA Research Grant Program is supported through donations by our community members. A list of past NEA research grants can be found here.

In 2015, NEA adopted a comprehensive strategic plan, the Roadmap to Advocacy, after extensive discussions with industry, patients, parents, and provider stakeholders. This plan places significant emphasis on understanding the overall burden of atopic dermatitis (AD), including the impact AD has on patients, families, the healthcare system, places of school and work, and society as a whole.  NEA aims to become a steward of burden of disease research by serving as a clearinghouse for patient-centered data that can be readily shared with individuals and organizations interested in improving the lives of patients with eczema. NEA will ultimately utilize research on the burden of AD to further our mission to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with AD.

In 2015 NEA commissioned an audit of the existing burden of disease peer-reviewed literature on both pediatric and adult (AD). This audit reviewed the prevalence, overall severity distribution, symptom and family burden, comorbidities, quality of life impact, and health economic impact atopic dermatitis has on patients and families.  Dr. Aaron Drucker, Brown University, was awarded the grant to produce this audit.

Several areas were identified in the audit as research gaps: Quality of Life, Itch, Pain, Sleep, Pyschosocial, Marital Status, Social Life, Time, Economic Burden, and Academic /Occupational impacts.

In 2016, the NEA awarded three grants to address these research gaps: two on the impact of AD on sleep, and one on the impact of AD on pain. These research projects are proceeding.


For 2017, the Scientific Advisory Board identified the following atopic dermatitis (AD) research focus area for the 2017 NEA Research Grant Program. Applications are requested on ANY of the following gaps: Quality of Life, Itch, Psychosocial, Economic Burden, Marital Status, Social Life, Time, and Academic /Occupational impacts. Please refer to the NEA Burden of Disease Audit and Gap paper (with refs) to help guide your priorities, although specifically addressing stated gaps is not a requirement. NEA wants the most scientifically sound and impactful grants addressing the burden of AD.

A total of three NEA research grants will be awarded in the amount of $30,000 each.

Applications are reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis. These awards may not be used to support the salary of established investigators but can be used to support post-doctoral fellows or entry-level junior faculty under certain circumstances. Indirect costs are not allowed.


The research grant applications will be reviewed by a Peer Review Committee, and awarded and announced by the NEA Board of Directors. Recipients will be notified by email as soon as possible after the selections have been made in December 2017.


Funds are paid directly to the institutional fiscal officer designated in the application, and are to be used only for the recipient and project for which the application was made. Grants are disbursed in three equal installments; one at initiation, a second upon receipt of a six-month progress report, and the third and final installment is contingent upon receipt by NEA of a final report.



Submissions must be received by Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT. Grants will be awarded by December 2017, and project start-up is expected by January 1, 2018. Project completion is expected by the end of 2018. Applications will be accepted from around the world and must serve to further NEA’s mission to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema.


An estimate of costs to conduct the research in a budget outline format is required for each RFP submission.


Please submit your application via the National Eczema Association website no later than September 15, 2017. To complete the application please click here


National Eczema Association website
National Eczema Association strategic plan – Roadmap to Advocacy
Eczema Prevalence in the US
NEA Burden of Disease Audit


For additional information and application instructions, please contact the NEA office at info@nationaleczema.org or 415.499.3474.