The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is dedicated to raising money and awareness of the causes of childhood cancer through research and empowerment. The foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of four-year-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who while fighting cancer herself wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination was inspirational, and when she passed away at the age of 8, Alex had helped raise $1 million. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada.
The foundation is currently accepting applications for its “A” Award. Through the program, a grant of up to $800,000 over four years will be awarded to an independent early-career researcher seeking to establish a career in pediatric oncology research who has demonstrated a future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation and has institutional support for his/her career development. The ideal applicant should have original research that is not currently being funded, with the goal of advancing knowledge that will lead to new treatments and cures for children with cancer.
Eligible applicants must have an MD, PhD, or dual MD PhD (DO, MBBS, or equivalent) and be within five years of their first faculty appointment as an assistant professor. Applicants may have research grants from other funding sources during the ‘A’ Award period, but there must be clear documentation of mechanisms to avoid scientific and budgetary overlap. Investigators cannot have a K99/R00 or an R01 that has been funded, or have been recommended for such funding (i.e., expect to be funded), at the time they apply.
See the ASLF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.