American Brain Tumor Association Announces Research Funding Opportunities for 2012

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November 2, 2011 - Chicago, Illinois

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is now accepting applications for its 2012 Basic Research Fellowship, Translational Grant and Medical Student Summer Fellowship (MSSF) programs. Applications for these programs are due in the ABTA office no later than 5 pm (CST) January 10, 2012. Fellowships and Translational research projects begin July 1, 2012. MSSF project dates are determined by the mentor and student, but must extend 10-12 weeks between the months of May and September.

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships: These two-year training awards support the salaries of new and early career scientists entering the field of brain tumor research. The experience provides an opportunity in which bright and motivated investigators learn from experienced mentors. Basic research fellowships are $100,000 payable over two-years ($45,000 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. Criteria for funding include the quality and therapeutic potential of the research, the quality of the laboratory environment and the investigator. Instructions and downloadable applications are available at:

American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowships: The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology. Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 grants for current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research. The fellowship is to be conducted in a neuro-oncology laboratory with a mentorship setting designed to provide an introductory learning experience. The fellowship start date is determined by the mentor and should extend 10-12 weeks over the summer. A report of this research experience is due upon completion of the Fellowship. 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 Fellowship, Translational Grant and MSSF programs, ABTA offers funding through the Discovery 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 2012); and various collaborative funding efforts which achieve mutual goals.

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


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. For nearly 40 years, the Chicago-based ABTA has provided critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, and is the only national organization providing comprehensive resources and serving the complex supportive care needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers. For more information, visit

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