Brain Tumor Research Grants

The number one priority of the Team Jack Foundation is to award research grants for the most promising programs and studies which will lead to a better understanding of the causes and treatment of pediatric brain cancer, well as the discovery of more effective treatments and a cure for children’s brain tumors.

The Team Jack Foundation, a national non-profit organization, was founded in 2013 by the parents of Jack Hoffman, with a focus on improving the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for children with brain tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy. Proposals related to basic and translational* projects that can advance understanding of underlying biology of the development and treatment of child brain tumors will be considered. All investigators are encouraged to apply.

Award Description**

  • Award funding based on size, impact and complexity of project.
  • Funding can be awarded over one, two or three year period, or any other period established by the board.
  • Previous Team Jack Foundation grant recipients are eligible to apply.

Timing and Criteria

Investigators from all over the world are invited to submit a ‘Letter of Intent’, at any time throughout the year to the Team Jack Foundation. All submitted grants will be reviewed once per year in the Spring. To be considered for the current, please submit ‘Letter of Intent’ no later than April 30th. This ‘Letter of Intent’ should contain:

  • brief synopsis
  • parameters
  • high-level budget
  • potential outcomes of proposed study

This document will be reviewed by an expert panel and based on this feedback; a selected group of applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal.

Each proposal is peer reviewed by at least two leading experts in the specific area of research being studied. Only those proposals with the highest scores demonstrating the most potential to have a significant impact on the future of children with pediatric brain tumors will be awarded.

The guidelines, forms and requirements for the grant proposal will be provided when pre-applicants are notified of the Team Jack Foundation solicitation.

The Team Jack Foundation also collaborates with other organizations in the childhood cancer arena.


  • Grant recipients are required to submit progress reports to the Foundation on an interim basis.
  • Grantees must acknowledge the Foundation’s support in all publications about the research.
  • No grants will be made to private individuals.
  • All grants are awarded with the understanding of 0% overhead.
  • Team Jack Foundation grant awards do not cover debt reduction, capital improvements, or travel expenses.
  • Grant recipients must be willing to collaborate with other non-profit grant recipients when appropriate.

Disclosure: All awards are subject to the grant recipient executing a Team jack Foundation Grant Aware Policy. Any award letter or notices of receipt of grant herein are conditioned upon the recipient’s unconditional acceptance of said Grant Award Policy.

Please email us at info@teamjackfoundation.org or call 402-925-2120 with any questions or for further information.

*NIH definition of translational research: the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease.

**The Team Jack Foundation, Inc. takes no financial interest in the outcome of the research.