The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2018 Research Grants Awards Program

The Skin Cancer Foundation is now accepting applications for support of pilot research projects related to all types of skin cancer. Researchers are invited to submit applications for one-year projects to be conducted in the dermatology departments of medical institutions within the United States. With the help of generous donors, The Skin Cancer Foundation has funded more than $1.6 million in research grants to date. One grant of $50,000, and three grants of $25,000 each will be awarded.

Who is eligible to apply?

Research must be conducted by dermatology residents, fellows, or junior investigators (5-10 years post first academic appointment) from institutions within the United States.

What should the projects address?

Projects should address, at the basic science and clinical level, improved methods of prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancers.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications must be received by Friday, October 27, 2017. Only applications for research projects relevant to skin cancer will be accepted for consideration.

Who reviews the applications?

Submissions will be evaluated by the Foundation’s Research Grants Committee:

David Polsky, MD, PhD Committee Chair
Rhoda Alani, MD
Suephy Chen, MD, MS
Leonard H. Goldberg, MD
Susan M. Swetter, MD

When will grant recipients be notified?

Grant recipients will be notified by December 22, 2017. Award presentations will take place at the Foundation’s Annual Reception on Friday, February 16, 2018, in San Diego, California. Grantees must be present at the Reception to accept their awards in person.

Where can you download the application and guidelines?

More information about The Skin Cancer Foundation:

Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. For more information, visit