Supporting groundbreaking research projects in science for 70 years.

The Cancer Research Foundations goal is to create the greatest opportunity for major breakthroughs in science by leveraging money where financial support is needed most – and doing it in the most efficient way possible.

Funding young investigators and even occasional post-doctorate students with a significant interest in cancer is one way that the Cancer Research Foundation can create significant opportunity and potential with relatively small-sized grants.  If a young investigator does not find funding, he or she might never get the chance to make the next great breakthrough in cancer science.

Role of the Cancer Research Foundation

The Cancer Research Foundation, our parent organization, will continue to raise funds from individual donors, through direct donations and workplace giving programs nationally, with a particular focus on programs such as the Combined Federal Campaign.  Its main mission will be to provide start-up funds and early cycle grants to the local chapters as they are established.  Each of the chapters will maintain a relationship with an individual cancer center and will focus its fundraising in its particular market.


crf’s chicago chapter

Introducing the Cancer Research Foundation’s next “chapter” in its long and storied history of helping researchers gain ground in the fight against cancer. The Foundation has reorganized the way it raises money and makes grants, dividing its current operation into a parent organization and a new Chicago Chapter.

The most important goal of this reorganization is to allow the CRF to grow the Young Investigator Award, our most important grant-making vehicle. The Young Investigator Award was formally established more than 25 years ago to support young cancer researchers as they establish their careers and build their first data sets, allowing them to compete for major nationally funded research grants.