American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Announces Fellowship and Translational Research Funding Opportunities for 2011

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November 1, 2010 - Chicago, Illinois

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is now accepting applications for its 2011 Basic Research Fellowship and Translational Research Grant programs. Applications are due in the ABTA office no later than 5 pm (CST) January 7, 2011 for Fellowships and Translational research projects to begin July 1, 2011.


American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships: These two-year training awards support the salaries of young researchers entering the field of brain tumor research. This is often the first award of a researchers’ career, and is coveted honor on an investigator’s curriculum vitae. The experience provides an opportunity in which young, bright, motivated investigators learn from motivating mentors. Basic research fellowships are $80,000 payable over two-years ($35,000 salary support and $5,000 discretionary funds per year). Criteria for selection include the quality of the individual candidate, including their commitment to neuro-oncology; the quality of the training program mentorship; and the proposed research. Instructions and downloadable applications are available at:


American Brain Tumor Association Translational Grants: These awards help scientists further develop studies on the cusp of moving from the laboratory into patient testing. These $75,000 one year grants support the collection of the preclinical data researchers need to apply for major funding from other sources, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke (NINDS). Criteria for funding include the quality and therapeutic potential of the research, the as well as the quality of the laboratory environment and the investigator. Instructions and downloadable applications are available at:


The American Brain Tumor Association distributes research funding through five primary programs. In addition to the Basic Research and Translational Research programs, ABTA offers funding through the Discovery Research Grant Program, providing one-year, $50,000 grants for high-risk, high-impact projects deemed to have the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment paradigms for adult and pediatric brain tumor care (the application deadline has passed for 2011); the Medical Student Research Fellowship Program, offering $3,000 grants for ten-to-twelve week summer laboratory experiences; and, various Collaborative funding efforts with professional and other brain tumor organizations.


More information on the American Brain Tumor Association’s Research Awards Program is available at:



Founded in Chicago in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. Today, the American Brain Tumor Association is a leader in brain tumor research and patient information, education and support. Learn more at or 1-800-886-2288.