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Clinical Research Award


The American Contact Dermatitis Society offers awards for the purpose of relevant clinical studies directed toward the subject of contact dermatitis. Studies that focus on clinical problems or have applications to clinical problems will receive preferential consideration. These awards will not exceed $5,000 each and will favor those in the $3,000 to $5,000 range.

One of the awards, the James R. Nethercott Clinical Research Award Fund, honors the memory and achievements of Dr. James R. Nethercott and will provide a clinical research award in the amount of up to $5,000 for young investigators studying occupational dermatology and/or epidemiology of contact dermatitis.

All monies are to be spent within 18 months of receipt of the award. The ACDS does not fund awards to be performed as part of the NIH intramural research program or awards to private foundations without an academic affiliation to dermatology. Funding does not support indirect institutional costs including salary as a direct or indirect expense for the principal investigator (e.g. trainee/young investigator or sponsor). Budgeted items may include expenses related to research, but may not include items such as software, books, lab materials or meeting registration fees / travel expenses to meetings. Under special circumstances funding for travel may be allowed.

Eligible Candidates

North, Central and South American medical students, residents and fellows, and North, Central and South American dermatologists or investigators within the first five years of their practice, are eligible to apply for these awards. Either the applicant or the sponsor must be a member of the American Contact Dermatitis Society.


Provide a short discussion of the aims and relevance of the project including sufficient detail for evaluation by the ACDS Clinical Research Studies Committee. Previously published material may be submitted in support of the application.

Curricula Vita

Attach a brief biographical sketch of the applicant that should include a recent, relevant bibliography.

Human Subjects

Applications related to research on human subjects must be accompanied by institutional approval of the type required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No applications without institutional approval will be considered.

Animal Studies

Applications that involve research on animals must be accompanied by a written approval of an institutional committee of the type required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Applications that involve animals will not be considered without this approval.


The completed application and supporting materials must be received by 11:59pm CST on April 15 and October 15 of each year. To apply for this award, please click here.

Approved April applications will be funded the following September; while October applications will be funded the following April.

It is essential that all applications are complete and received prior to the deadline. This checklist must accompany the application. If the application is incomplete or any of the items are missing the application will not be considered for the award.Apply now


  • Complete application
  • Upload supplementary material
  • Upload letter(s) of support
  • IRB Approval Status

NOTE: The applicant must be able to complete the research in their own institution’s settings while abiding by any COVID restrictions that are currently in place.



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