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: This funder rarely awards more than five grants a year, however this may be a good resource 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. Its general mission is to “provide supportive and safe environments for patients, families, and caregivers to share experiences, learn about current therapies, and receive information about various aspects of a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment through monthly support group meetings.” Since 2005, its grant program has awarded over $2.3 billion to support research into curing brain tumors.

SBTF awards a varying number of Research Grants each year to fund “scientific research and investigator-initiated clinical trials focused on finding a cure for brain tumors.” This funder does not offer continuing support, but “seed money for the development of research and clinical trials which will advance technologies and treatments for brain tumor patients,” prioritizing “curative and clinical applications.” The foundation enlists the help of a medical advisory board to review all grant applications. Note that SBTF only funds research in Georgia and the surrounding Southeastern US.

SBTF’s grantmaking capacity varies from year to year, but generally ranges from $150,000 to $250,000, which is split between two to five grantees. The foundation typically releases its application guidelines in December of each year, with the deadline falling in the subsequent January.

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