Advancing Research

Early Career Development

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation helps researchers at the beginning of their careers find the funding and professional development opportunities needed to transform their bold, new ideas into tomorrow's breakthroughs.

The future of childhood brain cancer research depends on developing a community of diverse and talented early-career investigators. Yet junior investigators face increasingly challenging roadblocks to establishing successful research programs.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Early Career Development program funds rising stars in research as they pursue advancements and novel treatments for children with brain tumors. Recipients of our multi-year Early Career grants go on to become fully independent investigators, and our research funding creates a path to larger government-funded grants. For every dollar we invest in scientific innovation, investigators have been able to raise an average of twelve more dollars in research funding.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was key in supporting me in the beginning of my career. The research results generated by their Early Career grant allowed me to get more funding, and the training and mentorship were essential in helping me set up my own independent lab dedicated to pediatric brain tumors. Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay, MBBS, PhD, Head of the Bando Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s commitment to tomorrow’s research leaders doesn’t end with our funding. Our scientific advisors provide invaluable mentorship that helps young investigators think creatively and collaboratively. We also support scientific conferences and symposiums that offer opportunities to meet and learn from established researchers and clinicians.

The research we fund would not exist without your generosity. Donate or start a fundraiser today to support the next generation of scientific discovery.

As researchers progress in their careers, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation remains a partner in innovation, providing seed funding for novel concepts and connecting them with additional grant opportunities and resources.

Explore All Funded Research
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Explore All Funded Research

Our database of currently and previously funded projects makes it easier than ever to learn about the research we fund. Search awards by keyword, pediatric brain tumor type, type of science, and institution.

If you are a scientist, clinician, or fellow who is conducting or interested in pediatric brain tumor research, let’s talk. Learn about open opportunities for research funding or email us to connect with our team today.

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