CureSearch Research Programs: Request for Applications

For more than 30 years, CureSearch has been a driving force in pediatric cancer research. Recognizing a broken system, growing obstacles, and unmet needs in drug development, we’ve launched an innovative and unique strategy to address the urgent, critical need for new childhood cancer treatments. Our success is measured by the rate of a funded project’s progress toward the clinic and marketplace where new treatments can directly impact patients, not by total dollars spent or by publishing in academic journals. We’re focused on results, holding our researchers accountable to rigorous six-month milestones; continued funding is dependent on achieving agreed upon goals

Funding Opportunity Announcement

The application window to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) will open October 5, 2020. CureSearch will fund high potential projects that address areas of high, unmet needs in pediatric cancer, driving the development of better, less-toxic children’s cancer treatments.

Request for Applications OpensOctober 5, 2020
Letter of Intent DeadlineNovember 30, 2020
LOI Notification/Full Applications InvitedFebruary 8, 2021
Full Applications DueApril 5, 2021
Earliest Award Notification* October 4, 2021
*Awards will be made on a rolling basis, pending the availability of funds.
Program Opportunity Summary RFA Submission Site
Young Investigator An opportunity for funding up to $75,000 per year for up to three years. Provides seed support for bright researchers, early in their careers, pursuing exciting and novel research in pediatric oncology. PDF icon LOI application window opens October 5, 2020. Young Investigator Submission Site
Acceleration Initiative An opportunity for funding in the range of $500,000 – $1.5 million. The Acceleration Initiative funds scientific or technological innovation with the highest likelihood of identifying a breakthrough in childhood cancer treatments and becoming an impactful therapeutic option for children in the near term. PDF icon LOI application window opens October 5, 2020 Acceleration Initiative Submission Site

Funding will be provided for up to three years, contingent on demonstration of satisfactory and timely completion of milestones.

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Please email Caitlyn Barrett, PhD, National Director of Research and Programs, with any questions or comments.

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