Research Award Programs

Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) is a national nonprofit committed to finding safer, more effective therapies for kids battling cancer. Thanks to donors and partners around the country, we have contributed over $200 million to research, education and awareness, and quality-of-life programs for childhood cancer families. We believe kids deserve safer, less toxic treatments, and we’re committed to funding groundbreaking research and services that enhance healing and care.

In 2021, CCRF welcomes applications in the following grant categories:

  • Emerging Scientist Awards – opening April 12, 2021
  • Accelerating Impact for Hard to Treat Cancers – opening July 2021
  • Survivorship – opening July 2021

All applications for CCRF awards must be submitted through ProposalCENTRAL. Each application is peer reviewed, and the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) will make funding recommendations to the CCRF Board of Directors.

Please email grants@childrenscancer.org with any questions about our award programs or the application process.

Emerging Scientist Award

This award is designed to develop the independent research of exceptional investigators still early in their careers. An Emerging Scientist Award is $100,000 for a one-year period.

The Emerging Scientist award supports basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research. Projects may include pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; and development of new research technology.

Applicants should have a post-graduate doctoral degree in a field of medical or scientific research specialty and hold a research or faculty appointment at an accredited university or comparable research institution. Applicants must be within the first seven (7) years of their initial independent full research or faculty appointment at the time the award begins.

Emerging Scientist Award applications will be accepted from April 12 through May 20, 2021 at Noon (Central time). Award recipients will be notified in early August for an October 1, 2021 project start date.

A full funding announcement and application instructions will be available in early April. View funding announcement here.

Please review the funding announcement and application instructions for complete details on how to apply for this award.

Accelerating Impact for Hard to Treat Cancers Award

This award supports basic, clinical, and population studies focused on hard-to-treat cancers where treatment success has remained out of reach. Projects may include pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. A Hard-to-Treat Award is $250,000 for a two-year period.

CCRF defines hard-to-treat cancer as 5-year survival less than 70% in an individual cancer (e.g. osteosarcoma, AML, DIPG), in a cancer with unfavorable behavior (e.g. relapse or metastasis), or in a molecular defined subtype (e.g. MLL rearranged leukemia, PAX3-FOXO1 rearranged RMS). Cancers with survival <70% in demographic groups defined by age, sex, or race/ethnicity may also qualify if a biologic hypothesis is being pursued.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for this award will be accepted starting in July. LOIs will be peer reviewed to determine which applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

A full funding announcement, with detailed timing, and application instructions will be available in June.

View last year’s funding announcement here.

Survivorship Award

This award is designed to support survivorship research and care, and applications will be accepted in July.

A full funding announcement, with detailed timing, and application instructions will be available in June.