Research Grant Requests


The Chicago Dermatological Society is now accepting applications for the 2019 Research Grants.  CDS provides seed funds for new or ongoing clinical/laboratory research.  In 2019, grants are available for a 1-year period, and awards are expected to be up to $7,500.  Under special circumstances, the CDS Scientific Committee may award higher amounts for unique projects with exceptional merit.  Please note:  The budget may not include indirect costs, salary or travel, nor may grant funds be used to organize or pay for a scientific conference.

CDS members are encouraged to submit well-conceived research proposals specifically oriented to a topic relevant to dermatology.  Applicants are encouraged to review the detailed application criteria, instructions and recipient responsibilities below.

The application deadline is Friday, May 3. for grants to be awarded in 2019.  We hope to announce the awards at the CDS meeting on June 5. For further information, please contact the Chicago Dermatological Society at 847/680-1666 or [email protected]  (We encourage you to send your application via email as a single file attachment.)

CLICK HERE for a "fillable" PDF copy of the application form.  You can complete the form on your computer and then print it out.  If you send by email, first save to a different file name on your computer, and then send as a file attachment.  Be sure to review the grant instructions on this page before submitting your application.

Post-grant report -- Recipients of CDS research grants are required to submit a progress report by May 1st of the year following the award.  A report form with instructions can be downloaded in PDF form.  This form can be filled in on your computer and then printed.  Typically, recipients are expected to submit their reports and present at the June CDS "President's Conference" of the year following the award.  For example, a 2017 grant recipient would present at the June 2018 meeting.

DOWNLOAD the post-grant report form here.


Research grants are being offered for new and ongoing clinical/laboratory research projects in the field of dermatology. All research must be conducted in the United States. These grants are open to:

  • Regular members of the Chicago Dermatological Society
  • Dermatology Residents in Training
  • Dermatology Fellows
  • Ph.D. whose major appointment is in academic dermatology
  • Medical students working under the direct supervision and in collaboration with a CDS member

Grants are preferentially awarded to dermatologists who have not received significant extramural funding.  Residents and Fellows with little-to-no research experience are expected to apply under the sponsorship of a member who will provide research mentorship.

Research proposals will be evaluated and scored based on: quality of written application; likelihood of success; relevance in dermatology; and economics (cost of project against potential gain).

Proposal Instructions

Please submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form.  A "fillable" PDF version of the form can be downloaded -- see link at the bottom of this page.
  • A brief biographical sketch (NIH biosketch format preferred) of the Principal Investigator and any co-investigators.  Include a list of published papers most relevant to the proposal. Limit to 2 pages.
  • Letter of support.  For residents and non-Society members, a supporting letter from the applicant's sponsor (CDS member) must accompany the application.
  • Institutional Review Board approval.  Any applications which are related to research on human subjects, infectious agents, recombinant DNA, etc., that requires institutional protocol review and approval must be accompanied by a copy of the research approval letter.
  • Proposal -- Suggested format 
    • A.  Layman's statement.  Not to exceed 275 words.  A brief paragraph that describes your research proposal in layman's (non-scientific) terms.  This paragraph will be used for press announcements and award presentation purposes
    • B.  Specific Aims.  Not to exceed one page.
      • What is the problem you are interested in exploring and why is it important to dermatology?
      • What do you intend to accomplish?
      • What hypothesis is being tested?
    • C.  Background and significance.  Not to exceed one page.
      • This section should be a succinct summary of background information pertinent to the project.  Explain what contributions your investigation may make.
    • D.  Preliminary Studies/Data
      • What has been done in this area of research by the applicant?
    • E.  Research Design/Methods
      • How are you going to accomplish the research?  Describe in detail the experimental design, procedures, evaluation/measures, and data analysis.
    • F.  References
    • G.  Appendix
      • Previously published materials may be included in the section, and tables that interfere with the overall flow of the proposal may be placed here.  The Appendix is not to be used to circumvent the page limitations of the proposal.
    • H.  Budget
      • Not to include indirect cost, travel, or investigator salaries.

The sections C -- E listed above should not exceed 5 pages.  Please make every effort to be succinct, and provide sufficient detail for adequate review by the CDS Scientific Committee.

Grant Application

For a "fillable" PDF copy of the application -- CLICK HERE

Submit completed application (one copy only) to:
Chicago Dermatological Society
10 W. Phillip Rd., Suite 120
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

or if by email, to: [email protected]

Applications may be sent by regular mail, overnight courier or email (preferred). Electronic submissions must be in PDF format.  Combine all elements of your application into one file if sending in PDF format.  Multiple file attachments will be returned.

Is your PDF file too large to send as an email attachment?  CLICK HERE to upload your file to the CDS file transfer link.

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 03, 2019 03:44 PM