What Researchers Should Know about Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation Grants

The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation is a volunteer-led funder with a specific focus, based in Germantown, Maryland. These are a few things that researchers should keep in mind before approaching CBTF for a grant.

Treatments, Cures, and Quality of Life

CBTF supports a wide range of topics within the realm of pediatric brain tumor research. It regularly funds projects that are devoted to finding a cure for brain tumors and treating brain tumors in children. Grants are also awarded to researchers who are looking for ways to improve the quality of life for these children and their families. Conferences and other programs related to brain tumors in kids are also considered by the foundation’s scientific panel.

For the 2015-2016 cycle, grants were awarded to the following institutions for these specific programs:

  • Baylor College of Medicine: Multispecific CAR T cells for the treatment of High Grade Glioma.
  • National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research: Optimization of chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy for medulloblastoma.
  • University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine: Targeting diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma metastasis.

2016 grants were also awarded in Liverpool to the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and in India at the Society of Neuro-Oncology.

Grants Are Awarded Annually

Grants are typically awarded on an annual basis at CBTF and reviewed by a scientific advisory panel. This research process is guided by the National Institutes of Health review standards and led by Dr. Roger J. Packer, who is the founding advisor and chairman of the advisory. The advisors review, score, and summarize applications and hold teleconference calls to discuss applications and make recommendations.

The foundation recently supported a study conducted by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation about cell signaling pathways in pediatric brain tumors. It also supported research by Northwestern Medicine scientists, who recently discovered a new drug that could potentially treat a rare and incurable form of pediatric brain tumors by targeting a genetic mutation.

Grants are for Up to Two Years

As a general rule, CBTF grants go for two years. The 2016 grant application should be available soon on the foundation’s website, so check the Opportunities for Researchers page for the most up-to-date information. Grant summaries and abstracts, as well as researcher comments and funded grants, can also be viewed on the site.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment.