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Childhood Cancer Research Program Areas

Lifesaving and innovative research on childhood cancer is crucial. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has funded more than 800 critical research projects leading toward new treatments and cures for childhood cancer. We make grants in three core program areas:

Early Career Research »

Attracting and retaining the best and brightest early career scientists is critical to the future of childhood cancer research. Funding at this stage will encourage and steer promising researchers toward long-term careers in pediatric oncology investigation. Learn more.

Accelerator Programs »

Advancing the pace of innovative research is a priority for ALSF. We take risks to fund proposals embracing innovation that have been deemed highly important but have not received National Institutes of Health funding, resulting in high impact. Funding encourages established investigators to push their research forward toward childhood cancer breakthroughs and ultimately new clinical interventions. Learn more.

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. Our grantees include nurse practitioners who are leading the field in pediatric oncology nursing practice, as well as those will become future leaders. We also invest in research that seeks to explain and improve psychosocial outcomes of those affected by childhood cancer through our Psychosocial Grant Program. Learn more.

Grants Selection Process »

All of our grantees are selected through a peer review process that follows best practices from the National Institutes of Health. Proposals are evaluated by our Scientific Review Board (SRB) and Nursing Review Board (NRB). The Boards consider criteria such as the significance and impact for children with cancer. The goal of the process is to fund the best science among the proposals. Learn more.

Our Impact on Childhood Cancer Research

To read about the projects we have funded and the impact our grantees have had on childhood cancer research, see Our Funded Projects and Our Projects in the News.

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