SFA Research Grants

The Sarcoma Foundation of America has developed a program to provide grants to investigators interested in translational science Sarcoma research.  Funding of up to $50,000, allowing up to 10 percent indirect costs, is available to cover equipment and supplies in support of research on the etiology, molecular biology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of human Sarcomas. 

In accordance with the mission of the Foundation, research involving the development of novel agents against Sarcoma, or research that could potentially lead to the development of novel agents against Sarcoma, is eligible for this funding.  The SFA will only accept applications that focus on the following areas of research:
    Omic characterization of sarcomas and definition of novel targets
    Omic patterns of sensitivity and resistance to existing agents
    Systemic therapy combinations
    Immunotherapy

In compliance with IRS instructions, grants cannot fund clinical trials, but all other areas of research can be considered for funding.

Interested parties may begin submitting grant applications on October 1, 2013.  Grants will be reviewed by the SFA Medical Advisory Board immediately following the application deadline of 5:00 pm EST on January 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified in early April as to the award decision for their proposal. The funds awarded will be then available for research by June 1, 2014.

Researchers must submit proposals electronically at proposalCENTRAL.  First-time users will be required to register and complete a professional profile in order to apply for an SFA research grant.  The SFA will no longer accept applications via e-mail.


Questions about SFA research grants can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Questions regarding proposalCENTRAL can be directed to proposalCENTRAL customer service at 1-800-875-2562.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  When are grant applications due?
A:  Grant proposals are due by January 31, 2014, at 5:00 pm (EST).  Applications must be submitted electronically at proposalCENTRAL.

Q:  Are researchers located outside of the United States eligible for SFA research grants?
A:  Yes.  The SFA does accept applications from researchers outside of the US.  However, grant awardees must be able to accept funds in US dollars.

Q:  Are there any duration restrictions for projects applied for under this grant?
A:  SFA grants are for a one year period.  This period typically runs from June 1 to May 31.

Q:  What kind of research will the SFA fund?
A:  The SFA will only accept applications that focus on the following areas of research:
          Omic characterization of sarcomas and definition of novel targets
          Omic patterns of sensitivity and resistance to existing agents
          Systemic therapy combinations
          Immunotherapy

Q:  Are there any restrictions on the length of the research proposal attachment?
A:  Applicants must upload one PDF attachment containing biosketches, a proposal, and references.  Biosketches, not CVs, are specifically requested to minimize submission length.  Do not submit manuscripts or journal articles. This attachment is limited to six pages.  Applications with attachments exceeding six pages will not be accepted.  A facilities and research disclosure form must be attached separately and does not count toward the proposal’s six page limit.

Q:  Can awarded grant money be used to fund PI salaries?
A:  The SFA does not permit funds to be used for PI salaries.  However, applicants are permitted to request money for the payment of salaries for non-faculty post-docs, fellows, and technicians. No more than 50 percent of SFA grant money can be used
for salaries.  Applications requesting more than this amount will not be accepted.

Q:  Can any of the funds be used for indirect costs?
A:  We do allow for up to 10 percent in indirect funds.  However, $50,000 is the total award for both direct and indirect costs.  Up to $5,000 of the $50,000 can be allotted for indirect costs.

Q:  Is there a requirement to submit a final report to the SFA at the end of the one-year grant period?
A:  Yes, the SFA does require that all grant awardees submit a final report.


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