Spotlight Research Grant


This award is intended to promote research in topic areas of special interest that relate to NEA’s advancement of our overall research priorities for eczema. The availability of this grant category will be determined on an annual basis; topics of special interest may vary.

2023 Specific Areas of Research Interest

Eczema is the common name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, inflamed, and red in lighter skin tones or brown, purple, gray or ashen in darker skin tones.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and the most commonly studied type of eczema in research.  This year’s special area of research interest is related to studies investigating one (or more) of the following other forms of eczema:

  • Chronic vesicular hand eczema (i.e. Dyshidrotic eczema, Pompholyx)
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

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 non-renewable grant, with an expected start date of January 1, 2024. Awards are contingent on the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications. Additional awards may be available at NEA discretion.


Assistant Professors (or equivalent) and above, post-doctoral fellows, Medical Residents or Fellows, Research Associates, and Nurse Practitioners are eligible to apply.

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 $60,000 (USD; direct costs only). Indirect costs are not allowed on NEA research awards.

Salary/fringe benefit support for the principal investigator 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, except for research fellows which is limited to 50% effort.

How to apply

Review and download the Spotlight 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

Completed applications must be received by Monday, July 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this deadline.

Award notifications are anticipated after November 30, 2023.

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

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