St. Baldrick's Grant Types
The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other private foundation. There are two grant cycles each year.
Grants for specific research projects or training of young researchers (spring cycle) are funded solely on scientific merit, after a rigorous review process to determine the most promising research.
Grants for infrastructure (fall cycle) are funded based on need, expected results, and local participation in St. Baldrick's.
- Beneficiary Outside the U.S. – Funds raised by St. Baldrick’s events held outside the United States are granted to a childhood cancer beneficiary in the country of the event.
- Consortium Research Grant – Granted to a group of researchers at multiple institutions. This new funding category was created to fund more researchers who are banding together to work on exciting projects with great promise. The grant is made to one institution, which manages the funds to be used by all consortium members.
- Cooperative Research Grant (COG) - A multi-million dollar grant to the Children's Oncology Group, a cooperative research group with approximately 200 member institutions across the U.S. and beyond. Each institution receives a portion of this grant, distributed based on the number of patients at each institution who are treated on COG clinical trials, their best hope for a cure. In this way, the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds virtually every institution qualified to treat childhood cancers.
- Infrastructure Grant – Funding to help institutions treat more children on clinical trials, their best hope for a cure, or for resources to make more research possible.
- Research Grant – Funding for research to find new and better cures for childhood cancer. Some focus on a single disease type, and others will help children and teens with broader categories or even all types of childhood cancers.
- St. Baldrick's Fellow – A new doctor training to specialize in pediatric oncology research. St. Baldrick’s Fellows are funded for two years, with an optional third year for those needing more time to complete a promising research project. From 2005 to 2010, 45 St. Baldrick’s Fellows have been funded.
- St. Baldrick’s International Scholars - Funding to train researchers from low- and middle- income countries (according to classification made by the World Bank) to prepare them to fill specific stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research.
- St. Baldrick's Scholar – A young professional pursuing exciting research, funded for 3 years or more. Because grant funds are scarce, it is difficult for those early in their careers to compete with more established researchers. These grants keep new researchers focused on childhood cancer. From 2008-2010, 30 St. Baldrick's Scholars have been funded.
- St. Baldrick's Summer Fellow – Funding for students to work in a pediatric oncology research lab for the summer after their first year of medical school. Students conduct a research project and the experience may encourage them to choose childhood cancer research as a specialty.
- Supportive Care Research Grant – Funding for research that will lead to the improvement of the quality of life for patients and survivors. Supportive care research addresses the side effects of treatment, long-term effects faced by survivors, psychosocial aspects of childhood cancer and more.