St. Baldrick’s Foundation

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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. Current funding priorities are divided into four categories:

  • New discovery research
  • Translational research and early phase clinical trials
  • Phase III clinical trials & infrastructure support of participating institutions
  • Education of new pediatric oncology researchers

The following St. Baldrick’s Foundation limited submission opportunities are now open. Georgetown University may submit only one LOI/application per funding category. For 2019 Georgetown is allowed is submit one additional LOI/application in one program/funding category of our 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

It is possible for Georgetown to receive funding in more than one funding category.

The 2019 St. Baldrick’s Foundation funding categories are:

Research Grants: These one-year grants are for hypothesis-driven specific research projects 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 hypothesis-driven research projects focused on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Applications are accepted from Ph.D. and D.N.P. holders. Examples include 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. While the average grant is $50,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.

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 seven years as a faculty member, post-fellowship). With up to $110,000/year, three-year minimum, with an opportunity for two additional years, this award is for a Scholar’s salary & benefits only; adjustments may be allowed if the Scholar receives other funds after applying, upon Foundation approval.

St. Baldrick’s International Scholars: This is a $110,000 per year, three-year award, with an option for two additional years based on progress. It is made available to train researchers from low- and middle- income countries (according to classification made by the World Bank) and to prepare them to fill specific stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research, with a commitment to then continue with research in their home country.

If you are interested in pursuing one of the funding categories above, please submit:

  • One-page abstract of your research proposal (including funding category for which you are applying)
  • NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)

as a single document (both research proposal and biosketch) to Jennifer Kluge at no later than Friday, January 10, 2019. The External Awards Review Committee will review these applications to select the University’s applicants.


Internal application deadline:

January 10, 2019

External Awards Review Committee decisions:

By January 18

Letter of Intent deadline (if selected):

January 31, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)

LOI decisions:


Full application deadline (if selected):

March 29, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)

Award begins:

July 1, 2019



For more details visit the website at (new window)

Those with questions about the foundation or for additional information faculty are encouraged to contact Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or

Various resources are available to Georgetown investigators. We encourage you to visit the Office of the Dean for Research (new window), Research Development Services (new window), and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.