What Childhood Disease Research has the Thrasher Fund Been Supporting?

The Thrasher Research Fund is committed solely to pediatric medical research, and awards grants to both senior and early-career researchers at institutions around the world. This funder offers two types of grants, the E.W. “Al” Thrasher Awards and the Early Career Awards, and it supports research into a very wide range of diseases and conditions that affect children in the U.S. and around the world. 

Let’s take a closer look at the disease research that Thrasher has supported in the most recent grant cycles.

E.W. “Al” Thrasher Awards

These awards for principal investigators usually total around $300,000 and last up to three years. The grants are awarded twice per year, and there is no fixed number of awards given per year or cycle. The fund prioritizes projects that address health problems for large numbers of children and provide practical solutions with a short distance to clinical applicability.

These are topics recently funded through these awards:

  • Congenital syphilis
  • Severe acute malnutrition
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cognitive development
  • HIV

Early Career Awards

These grants rarely exceed $25,000, with support lasting up to two years. According to the guidelines, up to $12,500 of the budget can be used for salary for an early-career researcher. For the spring 2016 award cycle, the concept submission deadline is March 15, and for fall 2016 it's September 9. Eligible applicants include (1) physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the date of submission of the concept paper and (2) post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the concept paper.

Up to 30 of these awards are given each year. These are some of the topics recently funded through Thrasher’s early career awards:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Streptococcus
  • Viral respiratory illness
  • Amblyopia
  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis

There are no application deadlines, and concept papers are reviewed on a rolling basis. All the templates you need can be found in the fund’s FAQ section. Keep in mind that the review and decision process here can take up to 10 months. To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Thrasher Research Fund: Grants for Disease.

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