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


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Young Investigator Grant

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #184361

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.

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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 For all other applicants in 2022, they must be within six years from the granting of the last doctoral degree.
- 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 expected.

- Proposals with a sole/primary focus on patients >19 years of age will not be considered.
- Indirect costs are not allowed.
- ALSF funds cannot be used for tuition remission.
- ALSF does not fund proposals for research utilizing human embryonic stem cells or nonhuman primates. Research with human induced pluripotent stem cells is permissible.
- ALSF will not consider Young Investigator grant applications in psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer in this category.
- 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.
- The grant may not be renewed.

Pre-Application Information:

- Proposals Due: December 12, 2022, 8:00 PM (ET)
- Award Notification: May 2023
- Projected Start/End Date: July 2023 - June 2026

If you haven’t applied using the new portal -- you need to create an account, contact record, and portal username/password. An email confirmation will be sent to verify your email address, completing your registration.

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.

Please note: There are a limited number of grant applications per cycle that can request effort from the Data Lab. Data Lab staff will evaluate collaboration requests on a rolling basis. Requests to collaborate must be submitted to the CCDL not later than 4 weeks before the grant application deadline. Requests submitted after this time frame will not be considered. Data Lab staff will notify investigators of the status of their request within 5 working days. If your request is approved, the Director of the Childhood Cancer Data Lab will provide a Letter of Support to be included as part of your application.

The Data Lab is also available for consultations regarding the management and sharing of your research data which is a required element of this award. For applicants interested in consultations regarding data management and sharing, please contact the Data Lab team.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Young Investigator grant offers up to $50,000 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 2023 - June 2026
- The grant may not be renewed; one no-cost extension request is allowed.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

If you have any questions regarding the ALSF Young Investigator Grant, please contact Judy Oliver, Sr. Grants Coordinator, by email at

Contact the Data Lab team:

Alex's Lemondate Stand Foundation
111 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 203
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Ph. (610) 649-3034 or (866) 333-1213
Fax (610) 649-3038

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