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Catalyst Research Grant


This award is intended to stimulate the entry of early-career scientists into areas of research related to eczema, as they seek to become an independent research investigator with a commitment to this field.

Catalyst Research Grants provide promising early investigators with seed grants to help establish a novel and promising line of eczema research, and gather a preliminary, yet meaningful body of data to carry this area of study forward. Data from Catalyst awards can then be used to seek additional, larger-scale funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other funding entities to conduct additional investigations.

Proposals should address at least one of the following research priorities:

  • Cutting Edge Basic & Translational Science*
  • Eczema Heterogeneity: Novel Insights
  • Innovations in Clinical Practice & Care
  • Understanding & Alleviating Disease Burden
  • Eczema Prevention

Number of Awards

Two (2) Catalyst Awards are available for the 2019 funding cycle.

This is a 1-year non-renewable grant, with an expected start date of January 1, 2020. Awards are contingent on the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications. Additional awards may be available at NEA discretion.


Assistant Professors (or equivalent) without current or previous NIH R funding as a Senior or Co-PI, Post-doctoral fellows, Medical Residents or Fellows, Research Associates, and Nurse Practitioners are eligible to apply.

Previous recipients of NEA research grants still meeting these eligibility criteria may apply.

The applicant must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research. The applicant need not be a United States citizen and the research need not take place in the United States.


Applicants may request up to $50,000 (direct costs only). Indirect costs are not allowed on NEA research awards.

Salary/fringe benefit support for Assistant Professors (or equivalent) should be commensurate with the percent effort dedicated to the project, using the current allowable NIH salary cap.

For all other applicants, a maximal 50% effort with associated salary/fringe is allowable for the PI role. Additional research staff support should also be commensurate with project percent effort.

*NOTE: For projects solely dedicated to the Cutting Edge Basic & Translational Science research priority, if the research proposal requires additional funding, an increased maximum award of up to $75,000 may be considered at the discretion of NEA.

How to apply

Review and download the Catalyst Research Grant application. See the NEA grant conditions of award and frequently asked questions for additional award information and requirements.

Submit completed applications as a single Word or pdf file to grants@nationaleczema.org.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. NO EXCEPTIONS can be made to this deadline.

Award notifications are anticipated by November 30, 2019.

Email grants@nationaleczema.org with any additional questions on this award or the award process.