Science is the Cure Research Symposium

Science is the Cure Research Symposium
February 23, 2020


Orlando World Center Marriott 

(Following the Translation & Cellular Therapy (TCT) Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR)



Keynote Speaker:
Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, MD, PhD
Chief, Leukemia/Lymphoma Division
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


2020 RESEARCH GRANT – $100,000

The inaugural SCIENCE IS THE CURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, sponsored by Kids Beating Cancer, will be held in Orlando, Florida on February 23, 2020, at the conclusion of the Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (TCT) meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR.  The Symposium is bringing together researchers to advance the science behind the cure from molecular discoveries to innovative treatments. The goal of the symposium is to advance knowledge and develop treatments for blood cancers, cellular therapies, and solid tumors with emphasis but not limited to childhood cancer, by providing grants to support groundbreaking research.

The Science is the Cure Research Symposium invites leading researchers, physicians, and clinicians to hear the latest on advances in CAR-T, cellular therapy, molecular discoveries, and new innovative treatments. The 2020 Kids Beating Cancer SCIENCE IS THE CURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM is being held in collaboration with AdventHealth.


Twenty (20) applicants will be selected to present their research at the symposium on Sunday, February 23, 2020. The selected presenters will be given 15 minutes, which will include the presentation and Q&As from a scientific panel of judges and compete for a $100,000 research grant.


  • Letter of Intent (LOI): December 1, 2019 (Optional) 
  • Full Proposal Submission: December 15, 2019
  • Selected Candidates Announcement: January 6, 2020
  • Poster Presentation/Research Presentation: February 23, 2020


  • Research must be original, novel and focus on Blood Cancer, Cellular Therapy, and Solid Tumors with emphasis but not limited to pediatric cancer.
  • Abstract must include descriptive title, listing of authors and associated institutions.
  • Authors must submit original work that has not been previously published; or, if previously submitted abstracts from recent prominent research conferences, such as ASPHO, ASH, ASCO, or AACR, there must be a significant change or advancement to the research to be eligible.
  • Grant recipient may use the funds as direct costs, including salary, research supplies and equipment. Equipment costs must be less than $5,000 and cannot be administrative in nature.
  • Grant funds MAY NOT be used for indirect costs such as travel associated with the research, administrative supplies, advertising or PR, student or university memberships and parking, or other facility-related fees.  Applicants MAY be involved in other research grants, but there must be clear documentation of mechanisms to avoid scientific and/or budgetary overlap.
  • One team member must be able to present the research on Sunday, February 23rd to be considered for this award.


  • A Full Proposal should be completed, signed and emailed in a pdf format, to or online by December 15, 2019.
  • Research proposal should be developed using the template provided below, Arial 11-point font, and limited to a total of 3 pages. Applications that do not abide by the format rule will not be reviewed.
  • Please submit the completed proposal, a letter of support from your institution/department head attesting support of your research project and the principal investigator’s CV and/or biosketch as well as the CV/Biosketch of the graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and/or research scientist conducting the research.


Please contact Sam Azar, Kids Beating Cancer Chief Operating Officer via email at sam@kidsbeatingcancer.comwith any questions.









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