The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) is soliciting grant applications for the calendar year 2009. Grant sums will be awarded for up to a two-year period, at a maximum of up to $25,000 per year. CBTF accepts grant applications from everywhere in the greater United States. Grant applications may be submitted from researchers that have not received funding from the NIH for the proposed study. All proposed studies must have the approval of the proposing institution’s Institutional Review Board (if appropriate) at the time of funding.
One grant application will be selected for funding from special set-aside funds for a one-year period for up to $35,000 for low-grade juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas. See page two for details about specialized earmarked funding in addition to our regular grant application request. Evaluation Criteria: Grants are evaluated in the context of their potential to:
1. Improve understanding of the biology of pediatric brain tumors;
2. Improve the treatment of childhood brain tumors;
3. Reduce or ameliorate tumor or treatment related sequelae;
4. Heighten public awareness of childhood tumors; and 5. Improve the lives of children with brain tumors and their families.
Each grant request should follow the standard format for grants. Grant Requirements: Each applicant must include the following: Pages not inclusive in the 5 page limit.
• Applicant Cover Letter
• Biosketch of Submitting Clinician(s)/Therapist(s)
• CBTF’s Application Face Page
• Key Personnel and Institution
• Reference Pages
• Detailed Budget (with budget justification) and specific information on funding that investigator has either obtained or for
which funding has been applied for this study or for other studies Although Indirect Costs are not encouraged, we allow up
to 10%. Travel costs are not permitted. Information provided in 5 page limit
• Background and Significance
• Title, Synopsis, Specific Aims
• Preliminary Data
• Experimental Design • Rationale and Significance
Format Requirements: Grant proposals are not to exceed 5 pages exclusive of the Biosketch, cover letter, Key Personnel ad Institution, Detailed Budget, and CBTF’s application Face Page. Those grant proposals exceeding the 5-page limit will not be reviewed. Font size must be 10 point, no less and appropriately spaced. Seven copies, please, and one original without staples.
Grant Submission and Award: Grants applications must be received before or on the deadline date of Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Extension will not be permitted under any circumstances. Any grant application received after the deadline date will not be considered for funding. CBTF’s Medical/Scientific Advisory Board evaluates each application and recommendations are presented to CBTF’s Board of Directors. CBTF’s Board of Directors will determine which proposals are funded.
Notification of grant awards will be announced by Tuesday, July 21, 2009. All applicants will be contacted with the final decision. Grant awardees will be required to produce an annual progress report, as well as a statement from the institutional grants office verifying the receipt and use of funds (a requirement of the Internal Revenue Service).
Two Special Set-Aside Grants will be awarded beyond our regular overall selections. The folowing outlines the specifics for the request for applications
1.) Our regular grant request will continue as usual, applicable to all pediatric brain tumors, for studies for up to two years maximum for $25,000 for each year.
2.) One additional special award will be made from the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation’s set-aside funds for a one-year study for juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.
The selected study will be funded for one-year for a maximum of $35,000. All applicants must follow the criteria listed in this document for all proposed studies. Please submit all grant applications to: The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation Attn.: Ms. Jeanne Young 20312 Watkins Meadow Drive Germantown, Maryland 20876