Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation: Grants for Brain Research & Treatment

OVERVIEW: This funder supports researchers who are working on clinical trials to find treatments and a cure for brain tumors. The geographic focus is the Southeastern U.S.

IP TAKE: Don’t expect multi-million-dollar grants from this funder, as annual grantmaking totals are usually around $200,000, split among a few researchers. This is a great funder for start-up projects in the Southeastern U.S.

PROFILE: Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation supports researchers holding clinical trials to find cures for brain tumors. Grantmaking activities began in 2005, and the funder awarded over $2.2 million in research grants during its first decade.

This funder provides seed money to stimulate brain tumor research. However, the foundation does not provide ongoing support, awarding grants only to kick off promising research and clinical trials. Start-up projects are a big part of this funder’s strategy; however, supplementary funding is also provided through grants. SBTF grants must be used during a one-year period and cannot be used to support staff expenses or indirect costs.

The foundation enlists the help of a medical advisory board to review all grant applications. Grant cycles tend to run for a period of one year, starting in May and concluding the following April. Funding is made possible by SBTF constituents and Race for Research participants. Race for Research is an annual race held in Atlanta each fall and is the foundation’s main fundraising event. The event’s fundraising goal in a recent year was $250,000. Another event is the Muddy Duck Challenge, which is a 3.2-mile obstacle course on the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia.

In 2015, the foundation awarded two grants totaling $125,000, and in 2014, it awarded five grants totaling $200,000. Annual funding totals are between $125,000 and $300,000. Funding stays in the Southeast, with grants toward universities and research centers in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina. Researchers are often affiliated with Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama.

The foundation’s president, Jennifer Keenan Giliberto, is a brain tumor patient herself, and deeply committed to the cause. With the help of a nurse practitioner, the foundation leads a monthly support group on the first Thursday of each month for patients and families.

General inquiries can be directed to 786-505-7283 or info@sbtf.org. Specific questions about the grantmaking program can be emailed to Executive Director Geri-Dee Shaffer at gshaffer@sbtf.org. Shaffer is your best point of contact to verify the grant application guidelines for the current year.

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