CureSearch Announces 2017 Request for Applications for Young Investigator Awards

Bethesda, MD – May 4, 2017 – CureSearch for Children’s Cancer announced today the opening of the application window for funding up to $75,000 direct costs per year for up to three years (and a 10% indirect cost allowance) for the 2017 Young Investigator Award in Pediatric Oncology Drug Development.

These awards are designed for investigators who have completed post-doctoral training and are transitioning to a full-time academic position. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects addressing 6 high-risk disease areas:

  • leukemia
  • brain
  • bone
  • neuroblastoma
  • sarcoma
  • other demonstrably high-risk tumors

Projects focused on drug discovery and pre-clinical drug development encouraged. In addition, awardees will be encouraged to participate in a pediatric oncology drug development educational program.

Up to six awards are available, contingent on availability of funds, and will be based on the merits of the research proposed, the applicant’s previous productivity, ongoing mentorship during the transition, and the research environment.

The CureSearch Young Investigator program helps early career scientists begin their research program and provides a pathway to independence. Since 2012, CureSearch has invested $2.5M in Young Investigator awards to 18 grantees in research areas with high-risk and poor outcomes for children with cancer: relapsed ALL, AML, brain tumors, Ewing sarcoma, hepatoblastoma, Hodgkin disease, neuroblastoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, survivorship/late effects, adolescent and young adult cancer, and Wilms tumor.

The application window opens Monday, May 1st, via Proposal Central, with award notifications released on October 31, 2017. Funding will be provided January 2018 – December 2020.

The complete Request for Applications is available here:

For more information about these awards or pediatric cancer research sponsored by CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, contact Sarita Sastry, PhD, National Director, Research and Programs, (240) 235-2215, [email protected].

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md, works to end childhood cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame. CureSearch is building a $10 million research pipeline to aggressively drive pediatric research grants and clinical trials that have a higher chance of becoming cures for children’s cancer without the toxic side effects that plague current treatment options.

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SOURCE: CureSearch for Children’s Cancer