St. Baldrick's Foundation
St. Baldrick's Supportive Care Research Grants
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for childhood cancer research. The foundation’s most well-known method of raising funds is through events at which volunteers’ heads are shaved bald in solidarity with children who often lose their hair during cancer treatment.
While the first event was held on St. Patrick’s Day in 2000, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has existed since late 2004. In its first seven years the foundation has granted more than $100 million for childhood cancer research – more than $25 million in new grants in 2012 alone.
St. Baldrick’s Fellows: T
he Foundation funds years three-four (or four-five) of a pediatric oncology research fellowship, with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. In the past, Fellows were funded for years two-three; this change is to focus on Fellows with a more research-oriented career path. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow’s salary and benefits only. The Foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs which have not previously received St. Baldrick’s funding for this grant mechanism.
St. Baldrick’s Scholars:
This career development award is to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers (no more than five years as a faculty member, post-fellowship). ($110,000/year, three year minimum, with an opportunity for two additional years). This award is for a Scholar’s salary and benefits only; adjustments may be allowed if the Scholar receives other funds after applying, upon Foundation approval.
St. Baldrick’s International Scholars:
New in 2013 - This three-five year award is to train researchers from low- and middle- income countries (according to classification made by the World Bank) to prepare them to fill specific stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research.
These one-year grants are for specific research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. While the average grant is $100,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.
Supportive Care Research grants:
These are for research projects which are hypothesis driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Examples include studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes/quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. While the average grant is $50,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.
Consortium Research Grants:
These grants are for consortia representing multiple institutions and foster collaborations to solve key questions in childhood cancer. These grants may be for up to five years. Applicants should propose a realistic budget to accomplish the project's goal. Consortia are considered as separate entities and more than one application may be submitted by an institution, acting as lead.
No institutional overhead or indirect funding is provided under the terms of the grant.
With the following exceptions, each institution may submit only one application per funding category. Each institution may submit two applications in the Research Grant category. Consortia are considered as separate entities and more than one application may be submitted by an institution, acting as lead. It is possible for an institution to receive funding in more than one funding category.
During each grant cycle, a researcher can only apply once as the lead Principal Investigator.
Institutions that are actively involved in (sponsor, promote or participate in) non-St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraising events are not eligible to apply for St. Baldrick’s funding.
St. Baldrick’s funds may not be used for human embryonic stem cell research.
Internal Selection Process
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Carver College of Medicine have established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information.
A two page CV
A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
A cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
A description of the proposed project (no more than two pages in length)
Additional pages may be used for references.
The above materials must be submitted no later than
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
. The selected nominees will be asked to complete the
required letter of intent
and the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's Friday, August 29, 2014, deadline.
Proposal due for preselection
Date Due to Sponsor
Required LOI Due Date
Non-Required LOI Due Date
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