We provide funding so the brightest minds in pediatric cancer research can find the next big breakthrough.

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Read about our 2015 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awards!

What We Fund

What We Fund

To call pediatric cancer research “underfunded” is putting it lightly. Among the 12 different types of childhood cancers – yes, there are 12, with dozens of subtypes – the rarest of cancers go for decades without any progress.

Although we’ve made great strides in treating some childhood cancers in the past 50 years, current treatment protocols cause long-term, chronic health problems for survivors like organ damage, fertility issues, and even secondary cancers.

We seek solutions for the underdogs – the rare childhood cancers – so kids living with cancer don’t just survive, but thrive.

Since 2010, we have awarded $1,150,000 in Childhood Cancer Research Grants to sixteen institutions worldwide. Our researchers are searching for more effective treatment options, and for a better understanding of how childhood cancers behave.

Institutions Funded


Our Process

Our Grant Cycle

Past Recipients


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What We Fund

The Pablove Foundation invites pediatric cancer researchers to apply for The Foundation’s seed grant program, which provides an award of $50,000 to conduct innovative, cutting edge investigations, with preferences going toward less common childhood cancers.

In addition, projects that focus on Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS) will be considered.

The Pablove Foundation is interested in principal investigators who will join us in taking risks, pushing for new solutions, and harnessing the transformative power of science in their research in the following broad areas:

  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Genetics
  • Preclinical Models
  • Biomarkers and Surrogate Markers
  • Prognostic Factors
  • Diagnosis
  • Innovative Clinical Therapeutic Trials
  • Minimal Residual Disease Detection
  • Treatment
  • Supportive Care and Prevention
  • Amelioration of Long-Term Effects of Therapy

By seeking answers and adding to the body of knowledge in pediatric cancer research, The Pablove Foundation will make an impact on the lives of children who are affected by childhood cancer.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Senior postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who hold M.D.s or Ph.D.s. In addition, established scientists who are re-directing their research are also eligible to apply for seed funding. Non-US Citizens and international institutions are eligible to apply.

What Can the Funds Be Used For?

$50,000 may be used for direct costs that cover investigators’ salaries, supplies, technical help and travel. In lieu of indirect costs, a maximum of 5% of the grant amount will be provided to sponsoring institutions upon submission of the progress report. The funds will cover one year of funding. Grantees who wish to continue gathering preliminary data to prepare for support past the seed stage may apply for an additional year of funding.

The Review Process

The first stage of providing a fair and expert review for grant applications submitted to The Pablove Foundation consists of scientific peer review by a group of highly esteemed scientists who make up our Scientific Advisory Committee.

Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the proposalCENTRAL system.(NOTE: You must click “login” to begin the proposal process.) All LOIs will be vetted through a competitive peer review process. Based on scores, a limited number of applicants whose LOIs are deemed most meritorious will be invited to submit Full Research Proposals to be considered for the available grants. The peer review panel uses standard guidelines for scoring applicants with an emphasis on innovation, scientific rigor, and relevance to the mission of The Pablove Foundation.

The Scientific Advisory Committee panel recommendations are then reviewed by The Pablove Foundation Board of Directors who make the final decision on which projects to fund.

While review critiques will be returned to the proposal PI, final scores will not be provided.

Letters of Intent (LOI)

Investigators who wish to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing a project that fits within The Pablove Foundation Childhood Research Grants project priority areas must complete the proposalCENTRAL LOI instructions and include the following:

A. Applicant Profile, including:

1) Contact Information

2) Institutional Information

3) Educational Background

4) Research Interests

5) Publication History

6) Current and Pending Support

B. Project Summary, including:

1) Lay Summary

2) Scientific Summary including:

a) Specific Aims

b) Rationale and Approach

c) Innovation, Potential and future Patient Benefit

C. Budget Summary for one year

D. Relevant references to support the PI’s hypothesis must be uploaded as a PDF and limited to 1 page

E. NIH Biosketch, uploaded as a PDF

To begin the LOI Process, please create an account or login here. (NOTE: You must click “login” to begin the proposal process.) Once you create an account, you can save and come back to your application at any time. Your application must be submitted by November 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US).

Need Help? Get help quickly from proposalCENTRAL Customer Support by e-mail or by phone!

Phone: 800 875 2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada) or +1 703 964 5840 (Direct Dial International)

Normal Business Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm Eastern Time

For questions about the Pablove Grant process, please email No phone calls regarding pending applications, please.


October 15, 2015 – LOI Process Open

November 30, 2015 – Deadline for LOIs (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

January 8, 2016 – LOI Applicants Notified of Status

January 8, 2016 – Full Application Process Open to Invited PIs

March 1, 2016 – Full Application Deadline

May 31, 2016 – Grantee Award Notification

June 2016 – Pablove Foundation Award Announcement

July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 – Award Dates


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