St. Baldrick’s Foundation Spring Grants

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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor-powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.


These grants are for specific one-year research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be either laboratory, clinical, or epidemiological in nature. Average grant will be $100,000 or less; Georgetown may submit two applications.


Funds one-year research projects which are hypothesis-driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Examples include but are not limited to: studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes or quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. Average grant will be $50,000 or less. Georgetown may submit one application.


Aims to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers. The Scholar must devote no less than 40% effort to the funded project. Up to $110,000/year, three-year minimum. Georgetown may submit one application.

*2020 Limited Submissions Policy Exception*

Each program/institution may submit one additional LOI/application in the Spring funding cycle in one program/funding category of their choice. This is one additional LOI/application overall for the cycle, not one additional LOI/application per program/category.

Due to high interest from donors and low numbers of past applications, the following qualify for the above limited submissions policy exceptions:

  • Brain tumors – all types, including rare forms
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Rhabdoid tumors


See individual grant programs.


  • Internal Deadline: January 3, 2020
  • Letter of Intent: January 31, 2020


  • Applicants need not be American citizens; however, they must work at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States.
  • St. Baldrick’s funds may not be used for human embryonic stem cell research.
  • Research projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer. They may be in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research.
  • Research Grant applicants should hold at least an M.D./D.O. or Ph.D. degree by the date the award becomes effective.
  • All awards will be payable to the research institution to administer for the purposes of this grant only.

Selection Criteria

Address these to be competitive.

Current funding priorities are:

  • New discovery research
  • Translational research and early phase clinical trials
  • Phase III clinical trials & infrastructure support of participating institutions (primarily the fall grant cycle)
  • Education of new pediatric oncology researchers

In addition to research to understand the biology of childhood cancers and discover leads to more effective treatments, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescents & young adults
  • Survivorship, outcomes, and quality of life
  • Supportive care
  • Epidemiology and pediatric cancer predispositions
  • Precision medicine
  • Alternative & complementary therapies

Submission Information

Send the following as a single PDF document to Jennifer Kluge at (new window)

  1. 1-page proposed research project description with a rationale for why you should be nominated. Rationale and project description should consider aforementioned “Selection Criteria to be Competitive.”
  2. Abbreviated CV or NIH-style biosketch

Additional Details

Find additional guideline information for each grant:

For further questions about the sponsor, contact George Kosar, Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Partnerships at (new window).