ASDS will distribute $40,000 in grant funding for well-conceived proposals in any area of innovation, including access to care, service and care to patients, unique technology solutions, etc. Additionally, $10,000 in grants will be awarded for creative projects that advance hair research.
This resident or fellow-led project will be supported by mentors who will coach and provide you guidance throughout the process. Together, the plan on how to bring the idea to fruition will be solidified.
The Early Career Innovation Grants Program is open to all eligible residents and fellows at any stage of idea development. Applicants must complete the application and must:
- Be enrolled in an ACGME-approved Dermatology Residency Program or be enrolled in a formal Dermatology Fellowship Program.
- Include a copy of your curriculum vitae with your application.
- Provide letters of recommendation (optional).
- Provide a letter of recommendation and intent from a faculty member willing to be your mentor.
- Identify your project by providing a one-page summary (500 words or less) to include:
- Project title
- Project description
- Budget outlining funds requested and how they’ll be used
- Specific, realistic aims and goals of the project that can be attained within the two year period.* This could include significant development of your idea or full execution within two years.
- Description of how you will evaluate the progress of your project
- Project milestones reflecting progress toward aims/goals
- Compliance with institutional policies
Note: A letter from your Program Director is strongly encouraged, but not required. Also, if you feel additional letters of recommendation in support of your application will be helpful, this is optional.
*Progress updates must be provided every six months, at which time formal feedback will be shared.
The finalists selected from the applications received will pitch their ideas to the work group via Zoom. The work group will provide feedback, determine award recipients and the amount of grant funding for each. Grant recipients and their mentors are encouraged to reach out to ASDS should they need feedback on overcoming hurdles or general guidance on their project.