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Quality of Life and Care

High quality care is a powerful tool against childhood cancer. The quality of life and care grants empower those best positioned to make effective discoveries: the caregivers themselves. In our Nursing Grant awards, our grantees include nurse practitioners who are leading the field in pediatric oncology nursing practice, as well as those who will become future leaders. In our Psychosocial Grants, grantees are researchers and practitioners investigating novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer that will impact clinical care.

Nurse Researcher Grants

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Nursing Grants Program is designed to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients and their families.  ALSF added the Nursing Grant program to an already successful and innovative pediatric research grant program in 2007.  We recognize the importance of investing in research that enables nurses to find better ways to care for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Discovery Grant: Independent Nurse Researcher - Chosen applicants will be awarded $50,000 per year, for two years. This award is designed for an experienced nurse researcher. Demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer nursing is a critical component of a successful application. These applications are expected to be from experienced investigators to investigate topics and issues related to the quality of nursing care and the quality of life for children with cancer. Awards may not be used to supplement other support in a large project.

>> Download Discovery: Independent Nurse Researcher Grant Guidelines

Explorer Grant: Mentored Nurse Researcher – This grant category is being restructured. Look for a new mentored grant type and guidelines coming soon! 

Pathfinder Grant: Intermediate Nurse Researcher – This grant category has been discontinued.  Please see the Discovery Grant guidelines, and look for our new mentored grant guidelines coming soon.

Psychosocial Grants

ALSF is committed to addressing the psychosocial and behavioral health outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Our NEW Psychosocial Grants will fill a direct need for research funding by supporting studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. These grants are designed to fund researchers who have novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer whose proposals will have clinically significant impact.

>>Download Psychosocial Grants Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines

The Psychosocial: Launch Grants are designed for early career researchers within (7) years of receiving their terminal degree. Funding will support studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are important components of a successful application. Maximum $50,000 per year for 2 years will be awarded to applicants.

>>Download Psychosocial: Launch Grant Guidelines

The Psychosocial: Family Impact Grants are designed for established investigators. Funding will support studies that aim to explain and/or improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer. These grants are designed to fund researchers who have novel approaches to understanding the psychosocial aspects of pediatric cancer whose proposals will have clinically significant impact. The award amount is $100,000 per year for three years.

>> Download Psychosocial: Family Impact Grant Guidelines

Travel Fund Program

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Recognizing the financial burden that families often encounter, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel Fund offers assistance to families who face the need to travel for childhood cancer treatment at select medical institutions across the US. Transportation, lodging, and meal accommodations are available to eligible families who meet our criteria. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative.

The Childhood Cancer Database Project

Learn more about The Childhood Cancer Database Project »
MyChildhoodCancer.org is the Childhood Cancer Database project created by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. This database aims to understand the different reasons and ways that childhood cancer can impact families.

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