Funding the research that will find the cure

You can buy a lot of useful science with $2.3 million. That’s what we hope to do with our choices this year for worthy research grants and fellowships. That $2.3 million brings our total investment in psoriatic disease research since 1987 to more than $19 million.

These choices weren’t easy. We received more than 140 applications from around the world, and every single one received a thorough review. We have now committed to fund 45 projects focused on psoriatic disease and related comorbidities. These are the categories:

Discovery Grants fund researchers while they explore preliminary ideas and conduct proof-of concept experiments. The goal is to stimulate the development of new research programs in the field of psoriatic disease capable of competing for long-term funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other agencies in the future. 

Amount awarded: $600,000

Translational Grants fund research initiatives that focus on the rapid translation of basic scientific discoveries into clinical applications with a clear benefit for patients with psoriatic disease. 

Amount awarded: $600,000

Early Career Research Grants support graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and researchers at similar trainee-level positions interested in conducting projects focused on psoriatic disease. The goal is to support researchers at the early-career stage and welcome them into the collaborative community of scientists, clinicians and patients involved with NPF research. In turn, they will be better equipped to compete for future NPF funding and go on to establish successful careers in the field. 

Amount awarded: $300,000

Bridge Grants support researchers who have submitted meritorious but unfunded applications to the NIH or similar funding bodies. Through this grant, NPF provides a critical year of additional support to near-miss applicants so that they can collect the data that will strengthen a future application. In line with NPF’s mission, Bridge Grants provide an important lifeline to support the careers of new psoriatic disease researchers. 

Amount awarded: $150,000

NPF offers the Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant in collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. This grant supports projects that address any aspect of psoriatic disease, including the cause, diagnosis or treatment of pediatric psoriasis and/or related comorbidities. 

Amount awarded: $100,000

The Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship provides support to eligible institutions to develop and enhance the opportunities for physicians and scientists training for research careers in academic dermatology, rheumatology, pediatric dermatology and pediatric rheumatology. 

Amount awarded: $400,000

The NIH-NPF Robertson Fellowship in Translational Medicine provides support for an early-career clinical and translational scientist to conduct research at the NIH focusing on research and patient care in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or related comorbidities. 

Amount awarded: $100,000

Summer Student Research Grants are an exciting new program that will support undergraduate and medical students interested in conducting a summer of research focused on psoriatic disease or related comorbidities. The goal is to foster the development of promising young scientists who will go on to become bench researchers or clinician-scientists focused on improving the lives of those with psoriatic disease. 

Amount awarded: $80,000

Science never sleeps

Learn more about our ongoing projects, from their goals to their deadlines, and help us fund the projects that will one day lead to a cure. 

Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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