Grant Procedure

A carefully planned grant procedure guides the process that ensures the most promising research grants get funded by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Scientific peer review is conducted by PCRF’s Scientific Review Committee according to the review criteria summarized below.  The Scientific Review Committee is made up of doctors identified by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America’s Trusted Source for Identifying Top Doctors.  The Scientific Review Committee will direct their recommendation for awards based on scientific merit to the PCRF Scientific Affairs Committee.  The PCRF Board of Directors will consider the recommendations of the Scientific Affairs Committee and will determine the number and dollar amount of awards to be funded based on the budget approved for the year.

The Scientific Review Committee will review applications during the months of June through August.  Applications will be judged on the Review Criteria (see below).  If any application does not meet the goals of PCRF it will be disqualified.  Applicants selected for funding will be notified during the period November 1st through December 31.  Funding status is relayed by mail only and not available by telephone.  All priority scores are considered confidential and are available to the Scientific Review Committee, Scientific Affairs Committee, PCRF Board of Directors and administrative staff only.  Written critiques of applications are not provided to applicants.

Grant Criteria

  • The probability of an advance in prevention, diagnosis or treatment for the near-term
  • The novelty of the concept and strategy
  • The clarity of presentation
  • The overall plan for bringing the research findings to clinical application
  • Experience, background and qualifications of the investigators
  • Adequacy of resources and environment. (Facilities, patients, etc.)