Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
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Research Funding Programs


The PBTF will invest more than $5 million through its Institute, Early Career Development and Opportunity grants from 2015-17. This research will increase our knowledge of the biology of brain tumors in childhood and enable breakthroughs in the development of lifesaving and less toxic treatment strategies.

Institute Grants
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation believes that outcomes for children with brain tumors will improve more quickly when researchers share the results of their work with each other in real time and work collaboratively.

This belief forms the basis of our Institute grant program, which concentrates our investment in centers with well-recognized expertise in pediatric brain tumor research. This enables us to be flexible with project selection and to reprioritize during the funding period based on project performance.

Other advantages of the Institute model include enhanced coordination of discovery and translational research efforts, greater sharing and leveraging of core resources between recipient centers, and enhanced exchange of experimental findings and approaches between principal investigators.

Current PBTF Institute grant projects and principal investigators  >>

Early Career Development Grants
The goal of the PBTF’s Early Career Development grants program is to support talented researchers in the field of pediatric brain tumors who are in the first five years of their first faculty position. The expectation is that this funding will facilitate awardees’ transition to becoming fully independent investigators.

We issued a request for proposals in fall 2014. Applications were robustly reviewed by a scientific review team specifically assembled for this program. Proposals were evaluated on the merit of the:

  • Mentorship and research environment
  • Researcher’s productivity to date and career plan
  • Proposed research project

ECD awardees and project summaries >>

Opportunity Grants
Research initiatives that we judge to be critical to filling in the gaps and enhancing the pediatric brain tumor research landscape are eligible for opportunity grants.

Discussions with our Research Advisory Network and the broader scientific community help us identify candidates for funding. Applications are accepted by invitation only. However, we welcome discussion of research ideas that fit with our strategic priorities, particularly if the ideas involve multi-institutional efforts.

Opportunity awardees and project summaries >>

Grant Recipients
The PBTF has supported projects at major research institutions around the world.

Read about our additional grant funding >>