Grant Criteria Guidelines
The Hope Funds for Cancer Research funds research for highly innovative projects that challenge the traditional paradigms of understanding the causes, mechanisms, progression, disease markers or risk factors of the most difficult-to-treat cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, sarcomas, esophageal, brain, gastric, bone and ovarian cancers; and rare leukemias, lymphomas and MDS. These cancers are insidiously aggressive illnesses that kill most of their victims within months, even with aggressive chemotherapy. The Trustees of the Hope Funds for Cancer Research believe that funding research that could lead to breakthroughs in these areas and increase life expectancy in these types of cancers is at the core of its mission.
The Hope Funds for Cancer Research considers each of the following criteria, with a strong emphasis on the innovation of the project, in evaluating research candidates:
- innovation and originality of the project
- significance and direct relevance of the research proposal
- approach and conceptual framework of the project
- qualifications of the researcher and the researcher’s mentors
- quality of the overall research environment where the scientist is working