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NOVATO, Calif., March 15, 2022

NEA Accelerates Eczema Research with Expanded Grant Categories and Increased Investment Totaling $760,000.

NOVATO, Calif., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Eczema Association (NEA) today announced the opening of its 2022 research grant round with awards totaling $760,000. The NEA continues to increase investment in its research grants, more than doubling the amount awarded in two years, with new grant categories to fund more researchers.

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Applications must be received by June 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDTand recipients will be announced in October 2022.

As the largest private, not-for-profit funder of eczema research, NEA has invested more than $2.3 million since the award of its first grant in 2004. Collectively, NEA-funded grants for basic science, clinical and translational research have increased understanding of the symptoms, comorbidities and burdens of eczema, provided information on the biology contributing to eczema and targets for potential new treatment strategies and built capacity to improve patient care and disease prevention.

More specifically, for each $1 NEA invested in eczema research, beneficiaries collectively got supplement $13.14 in subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support further eczema research.

“Eczema affects more than 31 million people in the United States alone, many of whom have severe, even debilitating effects on their lives, and yet we don’t see an appropriate investment in research,” says Julie Block, CEO of NEA. “We have worked hard to close this gap, to increase the number of scientists, research projects and research dollars dedicated to eczema, which will lead to better therapies, better care, better outcomes. and one day, potentially a cure.”

The 2022 Fellowship categories are as follows:

Impact Research Grant – Provides financial support for collaborative research projects to conduct groundbreaking eczema research across multiple institutions.

Champion Research Fellowship–Encourages senior researchers to continue their research on emerging or current eczema challenges or to contribute their expertise in the field of eczema.

Spotlight Research Grant – New for 2022, this award promotes research related to specific areas of interest. This year focuses on eczema apart from atopic dermatitis, in particular chronic vesicular eczema of the hands, nummular eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.

Catalyst Research Grant – Designed to support talented early career scientists on their way to becoming the next generation of eczema thought leaders by supporting hypothesis-driven research projects.

Engagement Research Grant – Aimed at emerging researchers exploring a new research concept, piloting a new experiment, or undertaking new or secondary data analysis.

Children’s Eczema Challenge Grant – Created in collaboration with the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), it is aimed at early to mid-career scientists to accelerate research that improves the health and quality of life of pediatric patients and their families.

Learn more about the NEA’s continued support of eczema research.

About the National Eczema Association
Founded in 1988, the National Eczema Association (NEA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the largest patient advocacy organization serving the more than 31 million Americans who live with eczema and those who care for them. NEA provides programs and resources to elevate the diversity of the eczema lived experience and help patients and caregivers understand their disease, become actively engaged in their care, find strength in each other others and improve their lives. In addition, NEA advances critical eczema research and partners with key stakeholders to ensure the voice of the patient is represented and valued in decision-making around education, care and treatment. The eczema community finds itself at an exciting time, with increased recognition of the severity and burden of eczema and increased scientific interest and development of new treatments. Supported by NEA’s strategic plan, Blueprint 2025, we are moving towards the ultimate vision: a world without eczema. Learn more at



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