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

Dec. 18, 2017, 3:47 PM

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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