Eczema Champion Research Grant


This award provides funding support for experienced researchers with recognized productivity – either within or outside the eczema field – to conduct highly innovative, cutting-edge investigations related to eczema. Data from this award can then be used to seek additional, larger-scale funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other funding entities to build on these discoveries.

Eczema Champion Research Grants facilitate trail-blazing research by established investigators who have built a life-long career in eczema research, as well as thought leaders from other areas of study that can bring additional new perspectives to the research forefront.

This award also serves as a bridge for previous successful NEA Catalyst Research Award recipients by providing a funding mechanism to stay in the eczema research field and strengthen their research program and commitment to advancing our understanding of this serious disease.

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

This is a 1-year grant with the option to undergo a competitive renewal for a second year of funding. This grant has an expected start date of January 1, 2023. Awards are contingent on the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications. Additional awards may be available at NEA discretion.


Associate Professors and above that have or have had national-level funding as a principal investigator (or Co-PI) within the past 5 years on an R01 grant or its equivalent (e.g. VA Merit Award, NSF grant, NIH program project or cooperative grant).

Previous recipients of NEA Catalyst Research Grants and other NEA Research Grants (2018 and prior) are also eligible to apply provided the following criteria are met:

  • The NEA research grant has been completed and final scientific and financial reports have been received by NEA.
  • At least one (1) peer-reviewed publication has been published or accepted for publication from the NEA-supported research.

The principal investigator must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the applicant’s host institution. The principal investigator need not be a United States citizen and the research need not take place in the United States.


Applicants may request up to $100,000 (direct costs only). Indirect costs are not allowed on NEA research awards.

Salary/fringe benefit support should be commensurate with the percent effort dedicated to the project, using the current allowable NIH salary cap.

Additional research staff support should also be commensurate with project percent effort and is unrestricted, with the exception of research fellows which is limited to 50% effort.

How to apply

Review and download the NEA Eczema Champion Research Grant Application 2022. 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

Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. NO EXCEPTIONS can be made to this deadline.

Award notifications are anticipated by October 15, 2022.

Email with any additional questions on this award or the award process.

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