Stimulating New Ideas and Approaches
Asking questions that lead to brilliant ideas is at the root of scientific discovery. Quantum leaps in science are made by this type of innovative thinking, but funding for the early pursuit of such initiatives is hard to obtain. However, the Pelotonia Research Award Program provides “idea” grants that allow creative teams of scientists to embark on research that could lead to discoveries resulting in better treatments and prevention strategies.
To date, 16 research teams have received Pelotonia idea grants totaling nearly $2.5 million. The teams represent collaborations among several colleges and departments, as well as three academic institutions (including Nationwide Children’s Hospital). The awards are issued via a peer-review process conducted by scientists not competing for the grants.
The grants cover an array of studies, from the genetics of triple-negative breast cancer to imaging of precancerous pancreatic lesions; from neurofibroma tumorigenesis and therapy to the molecular mechanisms of the body’s natural killer cells against multiple myeloma; from the role of the ATF3 gene in the development and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia to genomic aberrations driving metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer).