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Grants to USA and Canada Researchers Affiliated with Qualified Institutions for Pediatric Cancer Research

Young Investigator Grant


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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/11/23 8:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Canada early-career researchers affiliated with qualified institutions for childhood cancer research. The purpose of the grant is to share research findings and promote careers in pediatric cancer research. Eligible uses of funds include travel, small pieces of equipment, and supplies.

These grants aim to cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future who demonstrate a commitment to a research career in pediatric cancer. ALSF adheres to the NIH salary cap for the principal investigator and co-investigators. Applicants may elect to work with the Childhood Cancer Data Lab, at no cost to the investigator, as part of this award. This is not required and is meant to serve as a benefit.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Young Investigator grant is designed to support early-career researchers, such as postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, or instructors, pursuing promising childhood cancer research ideas.

Applicant Eligibility
- Applicant institutions must be based in the United States or Canada. Applicants need not be United States citizens. Funds must be granted to nonprofit institutions or organizations.
- Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent and must not have achieved an appointment higher than Instructor. Assistant Professors, including adjuncts at this level, will not be considered. In addition:
o Applicants from accredited clinical fellowship programs are automatically eligible for the duration of their training and during their first three years at the Instructor level.
o Applicants not from accredited clinical fellowship programs must meet the following criteria:
▪ Applicants holding an MD or MD/PhD must be within seven years from the granting of the last doctoral degree at the time of application.
▪ Applicants holding a PhD must be within six years from the granting of the last doctoral degree at the time of application.
- A minimum of 75% of the applicant’s time during the Young Investigator period must be allocated as protected time for all research activities. This percentage of time includes both Young Investigator activities and the applicant’s other research responsibilities.
- At the time of application or successful award, the applicant must not hold an NIH independent (R or P Award) or individual training (F or K Award) grant. Institutional training grants (KL2, K12, T32) are permitted. Funding from other foundations is also permitted provided there are no overlapping aims or budgetary overlap.
- Research mentor(s) must be identified and have a track record in pediatric cancer research. If no such record exists, a co-mentor with such a record must be identified. The application must document the mentor(s) involvement in experimental design and execution. A detailed plan for training activities is required.

- ALSF does not fund proposals for research utilizing human embryonic stem cells or nonhuman primates. Research with human induced pluripotent stem cells is permissible.
- The Young Investigator grant is not transferrable to another investigator or to the mentor. Transfer of the Young Investigator grant to another institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Indirect costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information
- Proposals Due: December 11, 2023, 8:00 PM (ET)
- Award Notification: May 2024
- Projected Start/End Date: July 2024 - June 2027

ALSF will be migrating to a new portal for grant applications in the Fall of 2023. In preparation, all interested applicants are encouraged to create a profile on Proposal Central. If you have an ORCID, login using ORCID and the Proposal Central profile will automatically populate. If you do not have an ORCID you may create one here:

A mentor is required, and a career development plan must be included.

One resubmission of an application previously reviewed by ALSF’s Review Board is permitted.

Applicants may elect to work with the Childhood Cancer Data Lab, at no cost to the investigator(s), as part of this award. This is not required and is meant to serve as a benefit. If you are interested in collaborating with the Data Lab, please fill out this form: (preferably at least 3 weeks before Grant due date) and indicate your submission is associated with an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation grant application. This resource does not have a cost associated with it and should not be included in the budget.

Tips for Applicants:

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Young Investigator grant offers up to $60,000 in direct costs per year for three years.

Term of Contract
- The Young Investigator grant is a three-year award.
- Projected Start/End Date: July 2024 - June 2027
- The grant may not be renewed; one no-cost extension request is allowed.

Contact Information
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If you have any questions regarding the ALSF Young Investigator Grant, please contact Judy Oliver, Sr. Grants Coordinator, at 610-649-3034 or by email at

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
333 E. Lancaster Ave, #414
Wynnewood, PA 19096 USA
Phone: 866.333.1213

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