Kate Amato Foundation Research Grants


Kate Amato Foundation (KAF) research grants are awarded to promote and support innovative research to develop safer, smarter, and more effective treatments for pediatric cancer. We recognize that funding is limited and we are committed to providing researchers with the resources to: (1) better understand the unique genetics and molecular biology of pediatric cancer subtypes and, (2) develop novel, targeted, nontoxic therapies for pediatric cancers.


Applications should focus solely on pediatric cancer research, not adult cancer research with the hope of some overlap. Persons of all academic rank are eligible including faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. We believe that young investigators bring fresh ideas to existing research problems and help pioneer new areas of investigation. We welcome applications from universities, hospitals, and independent research institutes.


KAF grant awards range in size from $25K-50K for pre-clinical laboratory trials. Funds may be used for equipment, supplies and up to 10% for institutional indirect costs. No funds may be used for salary support. As we grow, grant awards will increase to provide sufficient funding for human clinical trials.


A narrow focus of study is preferred.  Applications should be made in a basic NIH R21 format and include:

  • Lay Summary page
  • Abstract page
  • Research Strategy – 3-page limit of text and images including:
    • Specific Aims
    • Background & Significance
    • Preliminary Data
    • Approach
    • Potential problems and alternative strategies
  • Bio-sketch (3-5 pages)
  • Other current funding
  • Supporting Research & Publications
  • Resources at your disposal (facility, lab, computers, personnel, etc.)
  • Budget Justification
  • Students and Fellows, please provide letters of support

Selection Criteria

All basic and clinical research into childhood cancers will be considered with priority given to innovative ideas, even those representing a new direction for the research team. Applications will be reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Board with recommendations presented to the Board of Directors for financial approval.

Terms and Conditions

The highest scientific and ethical standards for responsible conduct of research are expected by the Foundation. Upon request, written summaries of the research progress will be provided by the award recipients to the Kate Amato Foundation.


Please submit applications to lisa.amato@kateamatofoundation.org.