Infrastructure Grants

Funding Agency:
St. Baldricks Foundation

**NEW 2020: For the 2020 Fall cycle St. Baldrick’s will only be accepting Infrastructure LOIs/Applications requesting support for Clinical Research Associate positions**

These grants are not for a specific research project, but rather for resources to allow more research to be done. They support institutions with the potential for more participation in childhood cancer clinical trials, but which currently lack necessary resources (support for Clinical Research Associates). Preference is given to institutions with high needs and low philanthropic support in geographical areas where St. Baldrick’s funds are raised. Institutions which do not currently receive other St. Baldrick’s grants are also given preference. (Average grant will be $25,000– $50,000.)

This funding opportunity is only open to DCI members.


  • Duke Internal Due Date: June 15, 2020
  • Mandatory Letter of Intent Due Date: July 10, 2020
  • Application Due Date: August 28, 2020


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

• Institutions must be located in the United States.

• These grants are intended for institutions with the potential to participate significantly more in childhood cancer clinical trials, but which are smaller or have barriers to greater participation due to a lack of resources.

• Infrastructure grants are designed to provide an infusion of funds to enable an institution to acquire the personnel (i.e., a clinical research associate) or resources it needs to reach its potential in broader clinical trial participation. The applicant should indicate how ongoing personnel costs will be funded in future years.

• Grants average $50,000; exceptions may be made for proposals with budgets documenting a need for more.

• Preference is given to institutions with high needs and low philanthropic support in areas where St. Baldrick’s funds are raised, especially with institutional involvement.

• Preference is given to institutions that serve populations which have limited access to participation in clinical trials.

• Preference is given to institutions which have not received other St. Baldrick’s Foundation funding for at least one (1) year.

• St. Baldrick’s participation is one (1) factor that influences funding decisions for this grant category only. Participation may include speaking at an event or to the media on behalf of St. Baldrick’s, helping identify volunteers or families of kids with cancer to honor, hosting a group of volunteers to learn more about the cause, participating in your favorite activity to raise funds for pediatric cancer research (i.e. running, walking, climbing a mountain, hosting another event, etc.), head-shaving, and more.



Funding Type


Duke Awardees

Michael Armstrong - Pediatrics / Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology
Funded:  01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012




Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

The DCI is invited to submit one nominee; therefore, we will be conducting an internal review of applications. The following items are required and will be reviewed by the DCI’s Scientific Review Committee:

  1. Two (2) page summary including:

    • Funding Type (from available list provided in the SBF-Grant Guidelines)
    • Title of the proposed research project
    • Area of focus of the research project (childhood cancer type or other research focus)
    • Relevance of the proposed research project to the mission of St. Baldrick’s, to cure childhood cancers
    • Brief rationale for the proposed research project
    • Brief timeline of the progression of research
    • Brief statement of applicant’s eligibility
  2. Budget and budget justification
  3. Applicant’s biosketch


Applications for internal review are due to Dena Buchanan ( no later than 5:00pm on Monday, June 15th (please send your application in one PDF).  Selected nominees will be notified by Monday, June 29th. The LOI of the selected nominee is due to St. Baldrick’s Foundation by July 10, 2020.

Internal Deadline

June 15, 2020

External Deadline

July 10, 2020