Grants and Awards

Funding Agency:
Childrens Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation has historically acted as a ‘seed funder’ to provide funding, especially to early-career NF researchers and early-stage NF research, which require additional time and support before becoming eligible for larger governmental or industrial funding.

Young Investigator Award (YIA)

The Young Investigator Award is CTF’s longest running award program, and provides two-year salary support to early career NF researchers, such as senior doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, to help them get established as independent NF investigators. Since its inception, several YIAs have made groundbreaking research findings and notable publications through this program, and many have advanced to become leaders in the NF research and clinical communities. The main function of the YIA program has been to serve as a ‘seeding mechanism’ for researchers to secure larger grants, such as from the NIH and CDMRP NFRP.


  • November 30, 2023 - LOIs due by 4:00 pm EST
  • December 15, 2023 - Invitation to full application
  • January 31, 2024 - Full applications due by 4:00 pm EST

Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI)

The goal of the Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI) program is to stimulate NF drug discovery by funding researchers proposing to investigate novel or repurposing therapies for NF or to validate new NF targets. Proposals are expected to be short and concentrated on obtaining key preliminary data needed to quickly advance to the next step of drug discovery.

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2024


Clinical Research Award (CRA)

The Clinical Research Award program supports early stage pilot clinical trials of candidate therapeutics or interventions for the treatment of physical or psychosocial manifestations of NF1, SWN, or NF2-SWN. This grant mechanism also includes adjunct studies, such as the development of biomarkers, imaging protocols, and other clinical trial tools.

Deadline for LOI: Feb. 16, 2024


Contract Award (CA)

The Contract Awards are by invitation-only special awards that the Foundation assigns to academic researchers or for-profit entities to run special projects. The Contract Award is not a typical award, but rather an objective and task-oriented project that allows the recipient to access funding otherwise not obtainable through the other grant mechanisms because of scope or requirements. The Contract Awards are regulated by a contract with milestone-based payments and ad-hoc negotiation.

Agency Website

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 16, 2024