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Grant Procedure

Due to the current circumstances presented by the Covid-19 crisis, PCRF has made the difficult decision to put the Grant application process on hold until further notice.

We appreciate your patience while we at PCRF determine the most resourceful way for our foundation to proceed and are incredibly grateful for your unwavering commitment to curing childhood cancer.  We understand the need to continue to accelerate pediatric cancer research and plan to continue our efforts to provide grant funding for the latest and most promising life-saving treatments to seriously ill children. Bringing hope to childhood cancer patients and their families now and in the future.

Once a decision has been made about how PCRF will proceed with our Grant process in the future a notice will be posted on our website. To sign up to receive updates via our email notification list please send an email to admin@PCRF-kids.org with the subject line: GRANT PROCESS UPDATES and you will be added to our notifications list. 

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

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent. This process will be open January 2nd through March 1st. Refer to the PCRF Letters of Intent guidelines for specific details. The PCRF Scientific Advisory Board will review and approve Letters of Intent. Upon approval of the LOI, applicants will be notified in mid-March if they have received an invitation to submit a grant application through proposalCENTRAL. Completed applications must be electronically submitted through proposalCENTRAL.com by 5:00pm EST on May 31st. Any application submitted after the May 31st deadline will not be considered.

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.)

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