Limited Submission Opportunity: St. Baldrick’s Foundation research grants

Vanderbilt may submit two research grant proposals and one supportive care research grant proposal for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation spring grant cycle. Both opportunities are for specific one-year research projects that are hypothesis-driven. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for childhood cancer research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • adolescents and young adults
  • survivorship, outcomes and quality of life
  • supportive care
  • epidemiology and pediatric cancer predispositions
  • precision medicine
  • alternative and complementary therapies

Grant types

Research grants: These grants may be either laboratory, clinical or epidemiological in nature. (Please submit a realistic budget for the project.)
Supportive care research grants: These grants focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Examples include but are not limited to: studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes or quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants should review full eligibility and budget requirements in the grant guidelines document.
  • Research grant applicants should hold at least an M.D./D.O. or Ph.D. degree by the date the award becomes effective.
  • Supportive care research grant applicants should hold at least a Ph.D., D.N.P. or M.D./D.O. degree, and Ph.D. nurses are encouraged to apply, by the date the award becomes effective.
  • During each grant cycle, a researcher can only apply once as the lead principal investigator.
  • Baldrick’s funds may not be used for human embryonic stem cell research.
  • No institutional overhead or indirect funding is allowed.

Internal selection process

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in a single PDF) to by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018. Please reference the grant type in the subject line of the email.

  1. Lay abstract and scientific abstract (200 words each)
  2. One-page letter of intent that includes the following: a.) name of the institution(s) involved in the proposal; b.) title of the proposed research project; c.) area of focus of the research project (childhood cancer type or other research focus); d.) relevance of the proposed research project to the mission of St. Baldrick’s, to cure childhood cancers; e.) brief rationale for the proposed research project; f.) brief timeline of the progression of research
  3. Project budget (realistic for the project: max. $100,000 for research grant; max. $50,000 for supportive care grant)
  4. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director
  5. Five-page CV or NIH Biosketch

Following internal selection, Vanderbilt’s nominee(s) will submit a letter of intent to St. Baldrick’s by Jan. 31, 2018.

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