The LRF Research Program: Grants and Awards

Funding fuels research, the vital engine that drives progress in the treatment of lymphoma. The Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) bighearted donors and volunteers energize that effort with their many contributions. Learn how you can contribute by clicking here.

Through research, clinicians and scientists are constantly learning more about the causes of cancer and its development. Each advancement in understanding generates new ideas for ways to combat this disease. New treatments result from multiple phases of clinical testing, starting in a Petri dish (where lymphoma cells can be cultured and exposed to possible therapeutic agents), then in animals, and finally in humans. It is a challenging process.

The LRF Research Program encompasses a variety of approaches to accomplish aims within lymphoma research. LRF gives grants in two broad categories and in several specific program areas. In addition, LRF gives grants in basic, translational and early clinical research. Grants are selected two times a year with the guidance of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts in lymphoma research from the SAB, who make recommendations on applications to the LRF Board of Directors. The SAB is also supported by the special Panel of Scientific Advisors, an adjunct to the SAB designed to expand the pool of potential grant application reviewers.

Funding Background

LRF is proud to have funded over $50 million in lymphoma research from its inception through July 2011. Since 1992, there have been 100 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe that have received over 300 grants including Fellowships, Clinical Career Development Awards and Disease Focus Area awards in mantle cell lymphoma, CLL/SLL, follicular lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Grant Management

Over the last decade LRF has increased diversity in grants offered, both in disease focus areas and grant format. LRF now uses an electronic grant application and submission process. On-line grants application, review and management holds many benefits including easy-to-complete applications that can be developed, stored, revised, and submitted online; the elimination of paper copy requirements; and immediate confirmation of application submissions.

LRF awards grants two times a year in a number of key areas:

  1. Training and recruiting junior researchers
    1. Postdoctoral Fellowships
    2. Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards
  2. Focus Area Grants
    1. Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
    2. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
    3. Follicular Lymphoma (FL)
    4. Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)