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

Dec. 10, 2018, 8:26 AM

This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt may submit research grant, supportive care research grant and consortium research grant proposals for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation spring grant cycle. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for childhood cancer research. All projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer.

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

There is particularly high interest in the following:

  • Brain tumors – all types, including rare forms
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Rhabdoid tumors

Grant types

Download full guidelines for each grant type here.

Research grants: These grants may be either laboratory, clinical or epidemiological in nature. The average grant will be one year and $100,000 for a specific hypothesis-driven research 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. The average grant will be one year and $50,000 for a specific hypothesis-driven research project.

Consortium grants: These grants are for team science to support program projects for a group of three to five or more institutions solving key questions in childhood cancer. Existing consortia or new/not-yet-formed consortia are all eligible. The average grant will be one to five years, $100,000–$500,000 annually. Grants are made with the intent to support the full term, with funds committed one year at a time, based on acceptable progress.

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., 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 Jan. 8, 2019, at 5 p.m.

  1. Lay abstract (200 words)
  2. Scientific abstract (200 words)
  3. One-page letter of intent
  • Name of the institution(s) involved in the proposal
  • Title of the proposed research project
  • Area of focus of the research project (childhood cancer type or other research focus)
  • Relevance of the proposed research project to the mission of St. Baldrick’s, to cure childhood cancers
  • Brief rationale for the proposed research project
  • Brief timeline of the progression of research
  • Consortia applicants only must clearly note in the LOI if they are a new or an existing consortium
  1. Project budget (realistic for the project; max $100,000 for research grant; max $50,000 for supportive care grant; max $500,000 annually for consortium)
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director
  3. NIH Biosketch

Please reference the grant type in the subject line of the email.

You may apply to internal competitions for one or more grant types. Please submit a separate application for each grant type. Following internal selection, Vanderbilt’s nominee(s) will submit a letter of intent to St. Baldrick’s by Jan. 31, 2019.

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