National Psoriasis Foundation Research Grants Program

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The National Psoriasis Foundation Research Program funds and promotes research into psoriatic disease and related comorbidities, under NPF's mission of finding a cure for psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected.

We choose our research projects not only for their potential to yield information that may help treat psoriatic disease, but also to answer basic questions about the underlying disease mechanisms, comorbidities, and public health.  Applications undergo a rigorous scientific peer-review by a panel of experts and are then selected for funding based on patient input and Foundation priorities. 

This year the Foundation is offering seven different research grant opportunities: Discovery Grants, Translational Research Grants, Early Career Research Grants, Bridge Grants, the 2018 Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant, Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grants, and Summer Student Research Grants.  

Please see our FAQ section below if you have questions on our grants.

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Bridge Grants support researchers who have submitted meritorious but unsuccessful K-type (career development) and R-type applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or similar funding body, with a focus on psoriatic disease or related comorbidities.  Through this special opportunity, NPF provides a critical year of additional support to near-miss applicants so that they can collect data to strengthen a future application.  Applicants may request up to $50,000 for K-type bridge or $100,000 for R-type bridge for one year.


Bridge Grant RFP

Bridge Grant Application Instructions

Bridge Grant Application Portal


Summer Student Research Grants

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.  Awards are $5,000 for one summer.      



Discovery Grants 

Discovery Grants allow researchers to undertake preliminary and "proof-of-concept" studies.  The goal is to help researchers develop competetive grant proposals that will lead to long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health or other federal agencies.  Applicants may request up to $75,000 for one year.   


Translational Research Grants

Translational Research Grants focus on helping scientific discoveries from clinical, laboratory or population-based studies move rapidly into treatments that have a clear benefit for patients with psoriatic disease.  Applicants may request up to $100,000 per year for two years.


Early Career Research Grants

Early Career Resaerch 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.


Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant

In a special collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), the 2018 Challenge Grant focus is PEDIATRIC PSORIASIS. In 2017 the Challenge Grant went to support research using existing data sources to address questions related to the public health of psoriatic disease.  Applicants may request up to $75,000 for one year.


2018 Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant RFP

2018 Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant Application Instructions

2018 Pediatric Psoriasis Challenge Grant Application Portal


Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant

In a special collaboration with the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), the NPF and ANRF jointly fund one translational research project focused specifically on psoriatic arthritis. Applicants may request up to $100,000 per year for one year.  A second year may be granted pending the outcome of a competitive review at the end of year one.

2018 RFP and Application



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Frequently Asked Questions

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


Information for Applicants

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

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


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

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


3. What are the important dates and deadlines for the NPF research grants?

A: Application deadlines vary depending on the grant mechanism.  For the 2018 cycle Discovery, Translational Research, Early Career Research, and Challenge Grant applications will be due by 5PM PST on Friday, January 19th while Bridge Grants will be accepted year-round.    

NPF will notify you about a decision on your application on or before June 30, 2018.

August 1, 2018 is the earliest possible project start date. 


4. Can for-profit companies apply for your grants?​

A: Yes, for-profit companies are eligible to apply for NPF research grants except for the Psoratic Arthritis Research Grant.


5. Can I apply for your grants 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 most of our grants except for the Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant. Non-US citizens are still eligible to apply for the Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant, but research must take place at non-profit research institutions in the United States.


6. 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.


7. Can I apply to two NPF research grants 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.


8. 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 with your issue. 


9. 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 if you have any questions related to your budget.


10. 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 summary of the work performed and progress made.
  2. A detailed itemized report of all project expenditures.
  3. A description of any deviations from the original project proposal with justifications for these deviations.
  4. A complete list of abstracts or manuscripts submitted or published based upon results of this project.
  5. A detailed description of any intellectual property that was generated using NPF research support.


2. 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 no fewer than 30 days prior to the expiration date.


3. 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 Thank you!