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CURE Childhood Cancer’s mission is to conquer childhood cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families. CURE invests millions of dollars each year into the most promising childhood cancer research, working to ensure children have the best chance to survive their cancer without sacrificing their future health and quality of life.

For 2023, CURE will offer two different types of research grants: Translation to Cure (T2C) award and a new Early Investigator (EI) award.

  • Translation to CURE award (T2C) – open to investigators at any stage of their career (Assistant to Full Professor). The award term will be up to 2 years with support of $150,000 per year in direct costs plus 10% indirect costs (Total award = $330,000).
  • Early Investigator award (EI) – open to beginning scientists and physician scientists at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level. Physician scientists (MD or MD/PhD) who are within 5 years of completion of their clinical (or terminal) fellowship training and are beginning to establish a research career may apply as Instructors or Assistant Professors. PhD scientists within 5 years of an initial appointment as a tenure track Assistant Professor are also invited to apply for this award. 2-3 EI awards will be made in 2023. The award term will be up to 2 years with support of $100,000 per year in direct costs plus 10% indirect costs (Total award = $220,000).

2023 Timeline

January 17, 2023 – Announcement of funding opportunities
February 17, 2023 – Deadline for LOIs
March 1, 2023 – Invitations for applications
April 3, 2023 – Deadline for applications
June 13, 2023 –  Board of Directors reviews Peer Review Committee’s recommendations and makes funding decisions.
June 14-23, 2023 – Applicants are notified of funding decisions

Grant Cycle

CURE’s funding cycles follow our fiscal year: July 1 – June 30.

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines for our FY 2023 funding cycle are now available.

Grant Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I submit a proposal for funding?

CURE utilizes ProposalCentral to administer our research process. Please follow the link below to apply.

Proposal Central

How are funding decisions made?

All proposals are reviewed by our Peer Review Committee and scored for scientific merit and alignment with CURE’s research goals. The PRC makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, which ultimately decides what proposals to fund. Decisions are based on scores and the amount of funds available.

Does CURE award multi-year grants?

Yes. Our Translation to CURE award has an award term of up to 2 years.

What is the typical grant size?

There really is not a “typical” grant award. All proposals must include a detailed budget, and that is reviewed and evaluated by the Peer Review Committee.

Are indirect costs allowed?

Yes. We allow 10% of the award total in indirect costs.