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VETTED Dermlab Research Award

In conjunction with VETTED Dermlab, the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) is pleased to offer a clinical research award dedicated to research in contact dermatitis.

This award is made possible by VETTED Dermlab’s generous contribution to the ACDS. This research award is made available to any woman investigator who is underrepresented in medicine. For the purpose of this award, underrepresented is defined as one of the following criteria:

  • First generation woman medical student
  • A woman underrepresented racial minority whose racial or ethnic makeup is from one of the following:
    • African American / Black
    • Asian: Fillipino, Hmong, or Vietnamese
    • Hispanic / Latin
    • Native American / Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
    • Two or more races (where one or more from the above categories exist)

This award is targeted for $3,000 annually.  

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). Under special circumstances funding for travel may be allowed.

Eligible Candidates

Medical students, residents, research fellows, dermatologists or investigators, who are underrepresented women as defined above, are eligible to apply for these awards. Either the applicant or the sponsor must be a fellow 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 Research and Development Committee. Previously published material may be submitted in support of the application.

Outline of Proposal

Please do not exceed 5 pages including budget and upload as a PDF or MS Word Document.

  • Specific aims: Explain your hypothesis and what you plan to accomplish. 
  • Significance: Why is this work important? 
  • Preliminary studies/background: Present prior work you have accomplished. Review relevant literature. 
  • Methods: Explain your experimental design and plan for data analysis. Explain how protected health information will be stored, shared, and destroyed.
  • References: Citations from literature. 
  • Budget: Provide a one-page detailed budget including expenses for database management; statistical analysis; presentation expenses.

Curricula Vita

Attach brief biographical sketches of the applicant and sponsor.

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 October 15, 2023. Approved October applications will be funded within the same calendar year. To apply for this award, please click here. (link coming)

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.


  • Proposal
  • Upload supplementary material (CVs, biosketch)
  • Upload letter(s) of support
  • IRB Approval Status

Those wishing to be considered for the award should submit their proposal online. If you have any questions, please email us at or call the ACDS Office at (414) 918-9805.

Submit Proposal


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