Congratulations to the 2017-2018 IPPF Research Grant Award Recipients:


Kyle T. Amber, MD – Identifying novel pharmacologic targets in bullous pemphigoid: Unraveling the mechanisms of eosinophils

Barbara Horvath, MD – Characterizing molecular pathways, epitopes, eosinophils and IL-31 expression in bullous and nonbullous pemphigoid. What makes the blister?

Animesh Sinha, MD, PhD – il-13 receptor alpha 1 downregulation as a protective mechanism  and therapeutic target in pemphigus vulgaris

Justin Taylor. PhD – Elucidating the mechanisms that prevent pemphigus in healthy individuals

Erin Wei, MD – Evaluating the prevalence, risk factors, and potential areas of intervention for post-traumatic stress disorder from autoimmune bullous diseases

Jens Wrammert, PhD – Human antibody responses against Desmogelin-3 in pemphigus vulgaris patients


The International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation (IPPF) is pleased to announce the availability of a seed grant program to encourage and support patient oriented research on pemphigus and pemphigoid. The intent of the grant is to support well-defined research projects that have a specified benefit for improving the treatment, health, disease management, or diagnosis of persons with pemphigus and pemphigoid. Consideration will also be given to studies that contribute to the body of medical knowledge in pemphigus and pemphigoid.

The program is open to applicants currently based in the U.S. and will consist of one-year grants. The IPPF anticipates awarding 4-8 grants in 2017 with values ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

The Grant Period is now closed.

Schedule for Applications:

  • Letter of Intent deadline for FY 2017 is March 31, 2017.
  • The application deadline for FY 2017 is May 1, 2017.
  • 2017 award announcements will be made on June 30, 2017.
  • Funds available August 1, 2017.

Each research proposal is reviewed by the IPPF’s Research Committee, which recommends funding for the highest scoring proposals. The grant review process is based on the peer review system used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Grant are individually scored by each member of the Research Committee, and scores are added together to determine the final ranking of each proposal. Any reviewer with a conflict of interest is excused from voting on a specific proposal. The grant selection process is unbiased and independent; awards are based solely on scientific merit.

Application Process

  1. Download and complete the IPPF Research Grant Guidelines and Application Form.
  2. Attach the following: CVs and/or bio-sketches, letters of support/recommendation, and letters from collaborators agreeing to participate
  3. Submit the completed application with attachments to

The application, along with the attachments, must be assembled and submitted electronically as a single PDF to

If you have any questions or concerns with the application process, contact