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St. Baldrick Foundation (SBF) : REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Office for the Vice President for Research and Office for Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy are pleased to coordinate an internal competition for proposals to several competitions sponsored by the St. Baldrick Foundation.

SBF is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising childhood cancer research. In addition to research to understand the biology of childhood cancers and discover leads to more effective treatments, topics of interest include, but are not limited to: adolescents and young adults; survivorship, outcomes, and quality of life; supportive care; epidemiology and pediatric cancer predispositions; precision medicine; alternative and complementary therapies.

We will hold competitions for the following three proposal areas:

1)SBF Scholar (career development) Award is meant to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers; it is intended to develop the independent pediatric cancer research careers of highly qualified junior investigators. This award is up to $110,000/year for 3 years. Applicants must be within 7 years of their initial independent full faculty appointment at the time the award begins. Applicants cannot hold an NIH R01 or K award at the time that they apply. They also must have an appropriate sponsor/mentor who provides supervision, facilities, and research support. Research projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiologic research.
U of SC may only submit one proposal to this competition.

2)SBF Research Grants are for specific one year research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be either laboratory, clinical, or epidemiological in nature. The average grant will be $100,000 or less, although the Foundation expects realistic budgets.
U of SC may only submit two proposals to this competition.

3)SBF Supportive Care Research Grants are for specific one year projects which are hypothesis driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Applications are accepted from Ph.D. and D.N.P. holders. Examples include but are not limited to symptom clusters, patient reported outcomes or quality of life, health communications, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life care. The average Supportive Care Grant will have a budget of $50,000 or less.
U of SC may only submit one proposal to this competition.

In addition to the limits described above, we can submit a single additional proposal in one of the categories above. Because of high interest from SBF donors and low number of past applications, the following topics quality for this policy exception:

a)Brain tumors, all types, including rare forms
b)Burkitt lymphoma
c)Complementary and alternative therapies
e)Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
f)Rhabdoid tumors

Interested applicants should submit a one-page cover sheet and a one-page Letter of Intent (Times New Roman, 11 point font with .5 inch margins) which contains the following information:

1)Name and contact information
2)Title of the proposed project
3)Competition area (scholars, research grants, or supportive care research); for scholars, please note number of years since full faculty appointment
4)Area of focus of the proposed project (childhood cancer type, for example); please note if it is one of the additional noted areas
5)Relevance of the proposed research project to the SBF mission to cure childhood cancers
6)Brief rationale and timeline for the proposed project

Also include an NIH formatted biosketch. Send the LOI and biosketch as a single PDF by 5 pm on Wednesday, December 18 to Beth Herron at

The SBF LOI deadline for all competitions is January 31, 2020.

For more information and links to the full guidelines see:

Office of Research and Grant Development

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