National Psoriasis Foundation Research Trainee Opportunities 

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The National Psoriasis Foundation Research Trainee Programs aim to increase the number of clinician-scientists focused on studying and treating psoriatic disease and related conditions.  The foundation offers three research trainee opportunities: Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships, Early Career Resesarch Grants and Summer Student Research Grants

Please see our FAQ section below if you have questions about our Research Trainee Opportunities. 

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Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships - Applications Closed

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is pleased to announce the availability of the Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships program for the academic year 2020-21. The program provides support to eligible institutions to develop and enhance the opportunities for physicians training for research careers in academic dermatology, rheumatology, pediatric dermatology, and pediatric rheumatology. Priority consideration will be given to applications that advance psoriatic disease research. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for one year. Award period begins July 1, 2020. 

Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships are supported by grant funding from Janssen Biotech, Celgene Corporation, AbbVie, and Amgen Inc. 

2020 Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship RFP

2020 Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship Application Instructions

2020 Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship Application Portal


Early Career Research Grants - Applications Closed

Early Career Research Grants support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers training to conduct psoriatic disease research independently. The goal is to put recipients in a position to compete for larger grants in the future and be in a strong position to establish successful long-term careers. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for one year. Award period begins August 1, 2020. 

2020 Early Career Research Grant RFP

2020 Early Career Research Grant Application Instructions

2020 Early Career Research Grant Application Portal


Summer Student Research Grants - Applications due January 31, 2020

With this exciting new program, NPF is seeking applications from 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 living with psoriatic disease. Applicants may request up to $5,000 for one summer. Award period begins May 1, 2020.    

2020 Summer Student Research Grant RFP

2020 Summer Student Research Grant Application Instructions

2020 Summer Student Research Grant Application Portal

Frequently Asked Questions

The RFPs above include specific eligibility information, application deadlines, and descriptions for each fellowship opportunity.

General Research Programs Information

1. How can I sign up to receive information about NPF grant program updates?

A: To receive information and updates about our research programs, join our email list. 

 

Information for Applicants

1. Am I eligible to apply for an NPF research trainee opportunity? 

A: Eligibility requirements differ slightly for each research trainee opportunity. Please read the eligibility requirements for each NPF research opportunity on their individual RFP above.   

 

2. I am having trouble figuring out how to apply for a research trainee opportunity. Where do I find application instructions?

A: A link to application instructions is listed above under each description and can also be found on the log-in screen of the grant application portal.

 

3.  Does my budget proposal need to follow a specific format?

A: Budget proposals must be submitted using the following format: Budget Proposal Template

 

4. What are the important dates and deadlines for the NPF research opportunities?

A: Application deadlines vary depending on the grant mechanism. For the 2020 cycle, Discovery, Translational Research, Early Career Research, Summer Student Research, and Milestones to a Cure Research applications will be due by 5PM PST on Monday, January 13th while Bridge Grants will be accepted year-round and letters of intent for the Psoriasis Prevention Initiative Grant will be due by Friday, December 13th .    

Please check individual RFPs for National Psoriasis Foundation award notification dates. 

 

5. Can I apply to a grant/fellowship opportunity if I have not received my IRB or IACUC approval?

 Yes, however IRB or IACUC approval should be initiated prior to date of award as to not delay your project start date. 

 

6.Can for-profit companies apply for your research opportunities?​

A: Yes, for-profit companies are eligible to apply for NPF research grants.

 

7. Can I apply for your research opportunities if I am not a citizen of the United States?

A: Yes, non-US citizens are eligible to apply for NPF research grants. Research can take place at institutions outside the United States for all of our research opportunities.

 

8. Can I resubmit an application from a previous year?

A: Yes. If you are resubmitting a previous application, you will have the opportunity to identify as a resubmission on the application form and address last year's reviewer comments in a cover letter.

 

9. Can I apply to two NPF research opportunities this year?

A: The same PI may only apply to one NPF Research Grant mechanism (excluding Bridge Grants and Fellowships) per cycle. If you wish for your application to be considered for funding under other mechanisms in the same cycle, you will have the opportunity to indicate this on the application form.

 

10. Why is my file not uploading in the application form?

A: The online application form only accepts files in PDF format, so make sure all your files are saved as a PDF before uploading. If you are trying to upload your project proposal, it must be less than 20 MB and be in PDF format. If you are trying to upload any other document, it must be less than 5 MB and be in PDF format.

If your file is larger than the maximum size accepted, you must condense the file before uploading. If you continue to experience issues, please notify [email protected] with your issue. 

 

11. Can I use NPF research funds to cover indirect or overhead expenses?

A: No. NPF funds can only be used to cover direct project expenses.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions related to your budget.

 

12. What font type should I use on the grant application? 

A: Please use font size 12 in Times New Roman, Ariel, or Calibri. 

 

Information for Current Grantees

1. What needs to be included in my final progress report?

​A: Final progress reports must include the following:

  1. A non-confidential, Layman’s summary statement of progress: The statement should describe the research question, the aims of the project, and the project’s significance. This information will be shared with National Psoriasis Foundation donors.
  2. Original research aims.
  3. Progress and results.
  4. Next steps: Please detail next steps in your research and plans for future grant submissions.
  5. A description of any deviations from the original project proposal with justifications for these deviations.
  6. Publications and presentations: Please cite publications (including abstracts) and presentation generated from this research.
  7. A complete list of Intellectual Property generated from the research.
  8. A detailed itemized report of all project expenditures.

You are also able to download the Final Report Instruction document here

Beginning with the 2020 grants application cycle, progress reports, final reports and expenditure reports will be uploaded through the grants submission portal. Awardees will receive a reminder email one month before reports are due. 

 

2. What needs to be included in my interim progress report?

A. Interim progress reports must include the following:

  1. Non-confidential, Layman’s summary statement of progress: The statement should describe the research question, the aims of the project, and the project’s significance. This information will be shared with National Psoriasis Foundation donors.
  2. Progress and results: Please outline progress you have made in this research.
  3. Project deviations: Please describe any deviations in your project timeline, goals, or budget.
  4. Publications and presentations: Please cite publications (including abstracts) and presentations generated from this research, if any.
  5. Expenditure report: Please provide a summary table of the approved grant budget for each expenditure category and the actual expenditure amount with any variance, see expenditure report document.

You are also able to download the Interim Progress Report Instruction document here

Beginning with the 2020 grants application cycle, progress reports, final reports and expenditure reports will be uploaded through the grants submission portal. Awardees will receive a reminder email one month before reports are due.  

 

3.  Does my expenditure report need to follow a specific format?

A: Expenditure reports must be submitted using the following format:

  1. 1-Year Project Period Expenditure Report
  2. 2-Year Project Period Expenditure Report

Beginning with the 2020 grants application cycle, progress reports, final reports and expenditure reports will be uploaded through the grants submission portal. Awardees will receive a reminder email one month before reports are due. 

 

4. Is it possible to extend the project period?
A: It may be possible to be granted a no cost extension to the project period if the grantee will have a remaining unexpended balance and a circumstance arises that prohibits the completion of the project by the expiration date. No cost extension requests must be submitted using this form and then emailing the form to [email protected] no fewer than 30 days prior to the expiration date.

 

5. What kind of follow up can I expect from NPF during and after my grant period?

A: During the project period NPF may contact you for project updates, site visits, interviews, or other activities related to research communications, donor relations, advertising, and other media or special events.  Following the project period, NPF may contact you in approximately 5 years for purposes of research program assessment. 

 

If you have further questions, please email [email protected]. Thank you!