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2019 Psychosocial Launch Grant

Grants to USA and Canada Early Career Researchers
for Psychosocial Research in Childhood Cancer

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/07/19 11:59 pm ET


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Grants to USA and Canada early career researchers for research studies on the behavioral and psychosocial outcomes of pediatric cancer on children and families. Applicants must submit an LOI before applying. Funding is intended to support clinically significant projects conducted by researchers who received their degree or completed their training within the last seven years.

Psychosocial Launch Grants fill a direct need for research funding by supporting studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. This grant is designed to fund researchers who have novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer and whose proposals will have clinically significant impact.

Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are important components of a successful application.

Budget items may include salary, fringe, travel, supplies and small pieces of equipment (less than $5,000).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186020

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum $50,000 per year for two (2) years will be awarded to applicants.

Term of Contract:

- Project Start Date: February 1, 2020
- Project End Date: January 31, 2022

The Grant is not renewable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria - Psychosocial: Launch Grants - Early Career Researcher/Mentored Category:

- Applicants must have completed all formal training, including any post-doctoral or research fellowships, and must have a full-time position that includes research activities devoted to pediatric cancer.
- Demonstrated track record of psychosocial research in pediatric cancer commensurate with their early career status.
- Applicants may be Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D., D.O., Ed.D., D.N.P., or M.D./Ph.D.
- Applicant must be within 7 years of receiving their terminal degree/completion of formal training. The eligibility timeline is determined on a calendar year basis, not specific month/day.
- The applicant must not currently hold an independent NIH grant (R or P Award). Applicant may currently have a NIH K Award but in this case may not receive any salary support from ALSF as part of this grant application.
- A research mentor must be clearly identified and the application must document his/her involvement in experimental design and execution, as well as training and mentorship. Multiple mentors are permitted; at least one mentor should be working in the field of pediatric oncology.


- Funds must be granted to non-profit institutions operating in the U.S. or Canada. Researchers need not be United States or Canadian citizens; however, the Principal Investigator needs to be employed by a U.S. or Canadian institution.
- Institutions must have non-profit tax status.
- Fellowships need to have been completed by the time funding would begin.
- No tuition or indirect costs will be paid

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

- LOI Due Date: June 17, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
- Invitation to Submit Full Application: August, 2019
- Application Due Date*: October 7, 2019 (11:59 pm ET)
- Award Notification: December, 2019
- Project Start Date: February 1, 2020
- Project End Date: January 31, 2022
- Progress Report: January 15, 2021 (financials through December 31, 2020)
- Final Report: February 28, 2022 (with final financials ending January 31, 2022)

*Applications will be accepted for projects with an approved 2019 Letter of Intent.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation via email for any questions about the appropriateness of their research ideas for this grant program.

Multiple post-docs from the same lab may apply. However, their projects should have different scientific aims.

Up to 2 resubmissions of a previously reviewed, but not funded, ALSF Psychosocial Grant proposal are permitted.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please contact:

Judy Oliver, Grants Associate:
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
111 Presidential Blvd. Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 649-3034 or (866) 333-1213

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