Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Grants

Grant Information & Procedures

At PCRF, we are unique in our approach to funding childhood cancer research — working directly with doctors, researchers, and nurses to identify the specific challenges they face in bringing new treatments to and caring for children with cancer. Our careful distribution of grants has allowed doctors and nurses to speed up the process of bringing the latest and most promising life-saving treatments to seriously ill children. The result is bringing hope to childhood cancer patients now and in the future.
  • PCRF is an equal opportunity organization.
  • No one is excluded from employment, membership on our governing body, or research support because of race, religion, sex, national origin, age or physical handicap.
  • No infrastructure or support services will be funded.
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation awards four types of grants:
  • Emerging Investigator
  • Fellowship Grants
  • Translational Research Grants
  • Basic Science Grants
  • Designated Grant Programs
PCRF will not accept grant application without an approved Letter of Intent (LOI). PCRF will accept LOIs beginning January 1st.

Grant Levels

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Awards Four Types of Grants

PCRF awards grants annually to extraordinary researchers offering the best hope for a cure to childhood cancer. Find out more about the variety of grants available and how they help give hope to children and families.

Basic Research Science Grant

This type of grant primarily funds basic science, translational and/or clinical state of the art pediatric cancer research initiatives. This grant level can be awarded over multiple years and up to $250,000/year.These type of grants fund work that is the basis for childhood cancer research, helping to move science in the direction of improved treatments and eventually finding a cure.

Translational Research Grant

This type of grant primarily funds new research protocols and therapies that hold promise for improved outcomes and accelerates cures from the laboratory bench to the bedside of children and teens with high-risk cancers. This Grant is given to programs that involve open, multi-institutional cancer clinical trials or consortia, and implement new approaches to therapy. This award may provide up to $100,000 per year for multiple years.

Emerging Investigator Fellowship Grant

These grants are designed to support Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Clinical Investigator training for emerging pediatric cancer researchers to pursue exciting research ideas. Applicants must have completed two years of their fellowship, or not more than two years as a junior faculty instructor or assistant professor at the start of the award period. These grants encourage and cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future. Awards will provide up to a maximum of $50,000 per year and can be renewed annually.

Designated Grant Program

These grants fund projects in communities or regions local to the specific donor or fundraising activity. Outside contributing organizations, fundraisers and donors work with the Foundation to identify a specific project, focus on a specific disease type, facility or awareness program. Grants can be for any specific amount as designated by the donor or contributing organization.

Learn more about Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Grants

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