The Children’s Tumor Foundation invites letters of intent for its young investigator award. This enables early-career scientists to get established as independent investigators in the field of neurofibromatosis and to secure them larger grants from other agencies. The programme supports basic and translational research including:
•understanding cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of NF;
•identifying novel therapeutic targets;
•testing novel therapeutic targets;
•testing candidate therapeutics;
•analysis of natural history of NF.
The scope of the programme includes all manifestations of all types of NF, and a subset of the available funds are dedicated exclusively to NF2 and schwannomatosis-focused studies.
Applicants must either be postdoctoral fellows within seven years of completing their first doctoral degree, or graduate students pursuing their doctoral degree. All researchers must be affiliated with the laboratory of a senior researcher who will act as a research sponsor, offering a training environment conducive for the growth and education of the researcher. Only one application per laboratory will be funded.
The award is worth between USD 32,000 and USD 54,000 per year, depending on the experience level of the applicant, to cover salary costs for two years. Awardees may also request for a supplemental allowance worth up to USD 5,000 for travel to NF conferences and other relevant meetings.
Deadline: 2nd January 2023.