Since the establishment of our Scientific Advisory Board in September, we’ve been working hard to develop the Solving Kids’ Cancer Research Strategy and associated operational elements. This will be used to shape the decisions we make and direction we take with our research funding. Right at the very heart of this remains the well-being of children with neuroblastoma in the UK, and we will work collaboratively and internationally for their benefit.
Our Research Strategy focuses on new and innovative therapeutic approaches that will deliver more and better options for children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, as well as identifying the population of children with neuroblastoma for whom there are currently no available clinical trials. Our top priorities are to address these significant unmet needs.
The Research Strategy also identifies advocacy as a major strength in Solving Kids’ Cancer’s ability to facilitate cooperative groups across borders to achieve common goals. We remain committed to working in collaboration with, and to complement, other organisations nationally and internationally. You can read our Research Strategy here.
Our research goals are significant, and come with ambitious timelines, but we are confident that they can be achieved. Our plan is not to simply fund research studies but, importantly, to shape and steer them too. We will achieve this primarily through an annual Competitive Funding Call, where a Request for Applications (RFA) will be issued to the scientific community. This will ask researchers to submit their ideas that satisfy a list of requirements agreed between Solving Kids’ Cancer, our Scientific Advisory Board, and any significant funding partners. It will ensure that the needs of patients and their families remain at the very heart of our research mission.
All applications will undergo rigorous scientific review; following which a decision will be taken by Solving Kids’ Cancer and our Board of Trustees to award a significant funding grant to the winning proposal. Our aim is to issue the first RFA in the coming months, with an announcement on the winning proposal to be made before the end of this year.
If you have any questions or comments about our Research Strategy or our funding award process, please send them to our Research Coordinator, Leona Knox, by emailing Leona@solvingkidscancer.org.uk