ABTA Research Grants

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The ABTA distributes research funding through four primary programs, listed below.  To sign up to receive future ABTA grant call email notifications, please click here.

Basic Research Fellowship Program

The Basic Research Fellowship Grants are two-year, $100,000 grants supporting new and early career scientists entering the field of brain tumor research. The experience provides an opportunity in which young, bright, motivated investigators learn from motivating mentors. To access eligibility requirements, conditions of support and the 2014 ABTA Basic Research Fellowship Application Guide, click here.


Discovery Grant Program

Discovery Grants are 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. Investigators from sciences outside traditional biology fields encouraged to apply. To access the 2013 ABTA Discovery Grant Announcement and FAQ including eligibility criteria, conditions of support and submission instructions, click here. The 2015 ABTA Discovery Grant LOI Announcement and FAQ will be posted here early fall 2014, when the next grant cycle opens.


The Discovery Grant concepts are pre-screened using the LOI mechanism. Invitations and instructions to submit a complete proposal will be extended by e-mail in early December. If you receive an invitation and will not be submitting a proposal, please notify us at grants@abta.org.

Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 stipends grants to current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors. The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. To access the 2014 ABTA Medical Student Summer Fellowship Application Guide, click here.

Collaborative Research

ABTA is jointly funding feasibility research, quality of life and clinical studies with several organizations. These include a partnership with the Oncology Nursing Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Tumors which supports clinical research, two therapeutic treatment clinical trials through a public-private partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and an international research outreach fellowship through a partnership with EMD Serono and the Society for Neuro-oncology.