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Young Investigator Grant │Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for Childhood Cancer


Up to $50,000


The Young Investigator grant is a three-year award designed to support early career researchers, such as postdoctoral, clinical fellows or instructors, pursuing promising childhood cancer research ideas. These grants aim to cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future who demonstrate a commitment to a research career in pediatric cancer. A mentor is required, and a career development plan must be included. The Young Investigator grant offers up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for three years.

Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent and must not have achieved an appointment higher than Instructor. Assistant Professors, including adjuncts at this level, will not be considered. In addition: Applicants from accredited clinical fellowship programs are automatically eligible for the duration of their training and during their first three years at the Instructor level; For all other applicants in 2021, they must be within six years from the granting of the last doctoral degree.
  • A minimum of 75% of the applicant’s time during the Young Investigator period must be allocated as protected time for all research activities. This percentage of time includes both Young Investigator activities and the applicant’s other research responsibilities.
  • At the time of application or successful award, the applicant must not hold an NIH independent (R or P Award) or individual training (F or K Award) grant. Institutional training grants (K12, T32) are permitted. Funding from other foundations is also permitted provided there is no scientific or budgetary overlap.
  • A research mentor(s) must be identified and have a track record in pediatric cancer research. If no such record exists, a co-mentor with such a record must be identified. The application must document the mentor(s) involvement in experimental design and execution. A detailed plan for training activities is expected.
  • Applicant institutions must be based in the United States or Canada. Applicants need not be United States citizens. Funds must be granted to nonprofit institutions or organizations.

Eligible Expenses

The requested budget should be in proportion to the scope of the proposed project and should be at or under $150,000 USD in direct costs over 3 years. A maximum of $50,000 in direct costs may be requested per year.


  • ALSF adheres to the NIH salary cap for principal investigator(s).
  • Indirect costs are not allowed.
  • The grant may not be renewed; requests for no-cost extension are allowed.
  • Other budget items may include fringe, travel, supplies and small pieces of equipment. ALSF funds may not be used for tuition remission.

If utilizing a subcontract or subaward, you must include this expense in the budget.

  • No indirect costs will be paid.
  • The PI’s institution is responsible for disbursing funds for subawards and/or subcontracts.

Deadline Date

  July 12, 2021
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