Grants Mechanisms and Sample RFPs

LRF supports innovative research through a variety of program elements: research grants for young investigators and for senior investigators; spotlights on a variety of disease focus areas; meetings to share new developments and build collaborations and the creation of research-focused resources.

Grants are selected once a year with the guidance of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). 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.

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LRF supports the following grants:

  • Early Career Grants: A cornerstone of LRF’s grants portfolio, the Early Career Grants have consisted of the Clinical Research Career Development Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship grants since 2002. Beginning with the 2014 cycle, the Foundation added the LRF Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP), which provides hands on career development and networking opportunities to early career scientists. 


  • Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP): The LCRMP offers mentoring and education to hematology/oncology fellows and junior faculty dedicated to clinical research in the field of non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma. Program participants, called LRF Scholars, attend and participate in a week long intensive introductory workshop and follow-up programming intended to enhance the ability of the LRF Scholars to successfully design and administer clinical research studies and successfully apply for future grant funding.


  • Post-doctoral Fellowships: A part of LRF’s grant portfolio since 1992, Fellowships support PhD fellows who have not completed more than 5 years of postdoctoral work, and MD fellows who have completed at least 2 years and no more than 5 years of their fellowship work. Grantees must spend at least 80 percent of their time in research; their two year award provides salary support, professional development, and research expenses. Past awardees have completed research projects in both the clinic and laboratory in a variety of lymphoma subtypes, including investigations into the biology of lymphoma, pathways for possible novel targeted agents, and patient quality of life.


  • Clinical Career Development Awards (CDA): Established in 2002, the CDA supports clinical researchers within five years of the completion of their postdoctoral training. Supported by an institutional mentor, grantees must spend at least 35 percent of their time in independent clinical research; their three-year grant provides salary support, professional development, and research expenses. Past awardees have completed clinical research projects in a variety of lymphoma subtypes.


  • Disease Focus Areas: LRF’s Disease Focus Area Grants seek to support research in specific subtypes and/or patient populations. Grants have taken a variety of forms including “R01” type grants for senior researchers, collaborative grants across medical disciplines, correlative awards which enhance existing clinical studies, planning grants to develop a plan and supportive data designed to raise funds from government/other major funding sources, and exploratory/developmental grants to help develop a proof of concept, leading to another project and/or funding. Disease Focus Area Requests for Proposals vary from year to year, as funding is made available. Not every program will be offered each year. Past focus areas offered include:
    • Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Lymphoma 
    • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) 
    • Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) 
    • Follicular Lymphoma (FL)
    • Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) 


Requests for Proposals

The Lymphoma Research Foundations (LRF) announces Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on a regular basis each year, usually in late spring. Samples of recent RFPs include: