Three Things the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation Looks for in Research Grantees

The Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF) has a single focus: channeling donation dollars into the best science in the Southeast to find a cure for brain tumors. Since 2005, the foundation has awarded over $2.2 million in research grants for this cause, and it’s a great funder to know for researchers working at universities and medical centers in the Southeastern U.S.

Here are three things SBTF typically looks for in new research grantees:

Start-Up Projects Needing Seed Money

Unlike many other brain funders that stick to well-established projects, SBTF likes to support start-up projects that need seed money. This is not the funder to approach for continuing support of an ongoing project you’ve been working on for years. However, grants are sometimes awarded for supplementary funding for projects.

Curative and Clinical Applications

This is a brain tumor research funder that wants to see promising clinical trials that lead to a cure. The foundation’s medical advisory board reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the board of directors. Keep in mind that the medical advisors are affiliated with the University of Virginia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Feinberg School of Medicine, Duke University and Winship Cancer Institute. All grants are issued for a one-year period.

A Strong Presence in the Southeast

As the name suggests, funding stays in the Southeast, and grants typically go to universities and research centers in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina. Researchers are often affiliated with Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University and University of Alabama. You can view a list of past grantees on the foundation’s website. Between two and five recipients have received awards each year.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP's full profile of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation. The next research grant cycle runs from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017, and it’s a good idea to get in touch with Executive Director Geri-Dee Shaffer to go over the grant guidelines. She can be reached at 786-505-7283 or