Research Tools

VR Foundation supports vitiligo research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, using proprietary tools.  


The Vitiligo BioBank is a non-profit collection of biological samples and detailed clinical data, designed and built by VRF to facilitate medical research into vitiligo.

The core asset of Vitiligo Biobank is a large collection of well-organized hair, blood, serum and DNA samples, integrated with comprehensive clinical records. We collect and store large number of samples throughout the network of collaborators in nine countries, using standard collection protocols and unified patient records. Samples will be made available to the scientific community and research organizations investigating pathogeneses and developing diagnostics and new treatments.

Our research team analyses the associated data for clues that may lead to a better understanding of the disease, identify potential biomarkers and ultimately develop a cure for vitiligo through the Vitiligo CloudBank system. Details at


We applied a cutting edge approach to bio-informatics, technology, and in-depth scientific knowledge to build Vitiligo CloudBank, the first bio-IT system and Electronic Health Record for vitiligo.

It allows patients to register anonymously online, record symptoms and treatment outcomes. Doctors can securely communicate with patients, monitor disease progression and evaluate outcomes, in order to get better treatment results. Researchers can analyze aggregated data sets for clues that may lead to a better understanding of the disease and ultimately develop a cure for vitiligo.

The main purpose of Vitiligo CloudBank is to collect enough data on vitiligo to make it visible and to motivate researchers and bio-pharma industry to work on it. Details at


A variety of research grants are funded each year to support translational research and clinical studies that will benefit the global vitiligo community. VRF is proud of its low administrative costs and the high percentage of funds that are available to support its primary mission. 

VRF-funded research grants provide up to $50,000 annually for the equipment, material and salary components of a research project. 


General Call For Research Proposals 2018 is now CLOSED. However, if you believe that you have a research concept or a product that match the VRF's focus and aims, please send us a brief Letter of Inquiry. There are NO application deadlines for inquiries, which are generally reviewed within two weeks upon receipt via email.

Your Letter of Inquiry must be short and succinct, and quickly tell us why we should be interested in your proposal. If your request meets with our priorities and interests, we will send you information on how to prepare and submit a formal Grant Application.


VR Foundation supports pre-competitive collaborative and independent research. Our grants support novel projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in development of novel treatment modalities, drugs and diagnostic tools for vitiligo. 

VRF supports research projects, which have one of the following goals:

  • To experimentally validate the prospective diagnostic methods, tools and treatments in vitiligo.
  • To develop technically sound realization of novel diagnostic tools, methods and treatment modalities for vitiligo, which are based on firm scientific and experimental grounds.

VRF will also support projects with a potentially positive impact on the current management of vitiligo patients.

Teams may be assembled from several institutions and should be comprised of highly experienced investigators capable of providing a solution to significant problem in vitiligo research.


Two steps are generally required in the application process. First, the applicant should prepare a brief Letter of Inquiry to the Grant Program describing the applying organization and its intended project. If the Foundation determines the project to be within the current program interests as determined by its Board of Directors, the applicant will be invited to submit a pre-application form.

If invited to submit a formal proposal, the applicant should submit a full Application Form. It should include a more-thorough, yet still concise description of the project, its objectives and significance, and the qualifications of the groups and individuals involved in it. It should also include a project budget, the specific amount being sought from VR Foundation, and a list of its other sources of support, philanthropic or otherwise.

International teams are welcome. Submissions must meet all VRF eligibility and application requirements for consideration.


All applications will be reviewed and ranked by the VRF Scientific Advisory Board. Committee members avoid evaluating applications from institutions with which they are associated, or where there may be a real or perceived conflict of interest.


VR Foundation is committed to complying with the anti-corruption laws in all countries in which it finances projects or otherwise participates. Learn about our Commitment to Global Compliance


As with other non-profit organizations, the VR Foundation always received far more applications than it has funds to support. Even if a project fits within the criteria and priorities of the VRF, and a detailed assessment has been made, the Foundation may still be unable to provide a grant.

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