Eligibility + Guidelines

The Leukemia Research Foundation provides one-year grants of up to $100K for new investigator research projects that focus on leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and/or myelodysplastic syndromes.

The funding cycle is from July to June every year. Below is a timeline of the application process. Exact dates and links to the application materials can be found on our application process webpage.

  • November: Letter of intent opens and is posted
  • February: Letter of intent due
  • April: Full application due (if invited)
  • June: Grant recipients notified of award


  • New investigators are considered to be within seven years of their first independent faculty-level position when the grant would be awarded. Years as a resident physician, fellow physician, or post-doctoral fellow are considered to be training years and are not included in the seven-year guideline.
  • Researcher must be in an independent faculty-level position at the time the application is submitted.
  • Adjustments for career interruptions can be made. These could include but are not limited to family leave, military service, major illness, or injury. It is the responsibility of the applicant to point out and document such interruptions.
  • Applicants are not required to be US citizens. Research projects from outside the US are eligible.
  • Applicants with a KO8, K23, R00, or R99 grant are eligible. The total grant amount will not be applied toward the $175K per year threshold on total direct costs.
  • DOE, DOD, NSF, R21, or other grants with less than $175K per year in total direct costs are permitted.
  • Only one LOI may be submitted from the same applicant (Principal Investigator).

Not eligible

  • Applicants with any active single grant (or multiple grants added together) that total $175K or greater in total direct costs per year are not eligible (as noted above, KO8, K23, R00, R99 grant awards are excluded from this total threshold).
  • Fellows are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants with NIH RO1 funding, VA Merit Award, or equivalent.
  • Applicants with career development awards from other national foundations (ACS, ASH, Burroughs Wellcome, Kimmel Scholar, etc.).
  • Renewal applications will not be accepted.
  • Co-PI's are not permitted.


Minority applicants are valued members of the research community, vital to its success, and are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions about eligibility, please email


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