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Pilot & Feasibility Program

The Pilot & Feasibility Program awards four annual grants to Northwestern University faculty. The program is funded through designated grant support of the center, as well as from the Feinberg School of Medicine Office of the Dean and the Department of Dermatology. Awards are established on an annual basis by the Pilot & Feasibility Committee. If sufficient scientific progress is demonstrated over the grant year, it is possible that an award may be renewed for no more than one additional year.

The studies are designed to:

  • Foster research about keratinocytes leading to sufficient preliminary data for procurement of federal funding
  • Attract established investigators to pursue research related to skin biology
  • Encourage collaborative opportunities between the Department of Dermatology and other departments within the medical school and the university
  • Provide mentorship in grant writing as well as feedback regarding the conduct of scientific investigation for more junior scientists

All recipients of Pilot & Feasibility awards automatically become core members during their funding period and retain membership if they continue research in cutaneous biology. Submissions to the Pilot & Feasibility Committee are requested campus-wide every spring. One of the four awards each academic year will be granted to a project focusing on a problem which addresses minority or sex issues in cutaneous biology research.


The call for applications is now open! Click here to apply. Deadline to submit is May 15, 2022. 

For more information, eligibility, and instructions click here.

Current Awardees

Meet our 2021 awardees.

Contact Us

For additional information, contact Robert M. Lavker, PhD.