This one hit me right in the feels, as they say. Have you heard about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? It was founded by four-year-old Alexandra Scott, who had two bouts of neuroblastoma before her fifth birthday. After a stem cell transplant shortly after her fourth birthday, she told her mother that when she got out of the hospital, she wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money for “her hospital” to help kids with cancer. That first year, she raised $2,000.
You want this story to have a happy ending, right? And it partly does, because the foundation lives on even though Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of eight. To date, ALSF has given over $1 million to help cure childhood cancer, which is pretty damn impressive.
They’ve just announced an RFP for their “A” Award, a three-year grant “designed for young scientists who want to jump-start their careers in pediatric oncology research.” The program was established to encourage the most promising young researchers, in order to help them pursue long, rewarding careers in the pediatric cancer field and to embark on further research that will lead to cures for children with cancer.
According to the official RFP:
Applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D., or dual M.D./Ph.D. and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor. M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from finishing a three-year fellowship. M.D. candidates who did not do a three-year fellowship must have three years of research experience after their M.D. was awarded and be no more than nine years from receiving their M.D. degree. Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from receipt of their Ph.D. The program provides $450,000 over three years, reference books to enhance a personal pediatric oncology library, up to $10,000 in equipment for lab/project work, and registration fees for one educational course or event.
Simultaneously, ALSF has announced it’s accepting proposals for its Reach Award, a two-year award that tops out at $250K that’s designed to get “hypothesis-driven” research into the clinic. So it’s about turning research and science into practicable therapies. ALSF is prioritizing those projects that could potentially lead to a clinical trial within two to three years, according to the site.
View resources for grant applicants and get a better sense of the foundation here.