The Facts


  • Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 children, about 1 in 285, are diagnosed with cancer. That equates to 43 children a day or 2 classrooms
  • Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in America, and the #2 after automobile accidents. More children will die from cancer than from AIDS, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and asthma combined
  • There are 5 children diagnosed with cancer for each 1 diagnosed with pediatric AIDS, yet only $20,000 is invested in cancer research for each $595,000 invested in pediatric AIDS research
  • A full two-thirds of the children cured of cancer in childhood end up with at least one long term health problem from the treatment. More than 1/3 of childhood cancer survivors can expect to have life-threatening illness or serious chronic disease by the age of 45

Our Research

At Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, we find this unacceptable. Our mission is simple: to work relentlessly for the day when children are living cancer free. Children are fighting valiantly every day to survive cancer, and their only hope of a cure is through more research. WOKC provides critical funding to key research initiatives on a national basis. Over the past 36 years, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer has donated $5.5 million to hospitals and programs seeking better treatments and ultimately a cure. It is through these projects that we will find a cure and achieve our vision of a cancer free world. Click here for information on our research grants.

Applying For a WOKC Research Grant

wokc logoWipe Out Kids’ Cancer, Inc. (WOKC) is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization founded in 1980 dedicated to raising awareness and funding pediatric cancer research on a national basis. WOKC’s mission is to work relentlessly for the day when all children are living cancer free.

One of the main goals of WOKC is to find cures through research. To meet this goal, WOKC provides grants to support meritorious research ranging from basic laboratory investigation to clinical management of pediatric cancers. For all awarded grants, collaboration with a pediatric cancer treatment center and an institution with basic and/or clinical research programs are encouraged.


Research Grants

Policies and Guidelines

Research Grants are offered to encourage the development of new information that contributes to the understanding, treatment, and cure of pediatric cancers. In addition, consideration will be given to those projects that provide insight into information that may contribute to the development of new therapies for pediatric cancers. All proposals must be hypothesis driven, and sufficient preliminary data must be provided to justify the WOKC support. Information derived from these studies should have high potential for sustainable future support from other funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Research Grant applications should focus on basic science research or clinical research. Those proposals that include methodologies requiring sampling of materials from human subjects will be considered under this mechanism only if the sampling method constitutes minimal patient risk and are approved by the clinical/research institutions internal review board. All other projects utilizing human subjects must submit a Clinical Research Letter of Intent.

Applications for Research Grants are being accepted with the following stipulations:

  • Funding amount from $50,000 up to $150,000, including no more than 8% indirect costs, may be requested.
  • Grants may be approved for up to a 1 year period of funding.
  • Because grants cover only one year of research, likelihood of future funding from other sources will be considered and should be explained by the applicant.
  • Applicants must be independent investigators, or clinical or research receiving direct oversight/mentorship by an independent investigator.
  • Applicants need not be U.S. Citizens or hold a U.S. permanent visa to apply for this award.
  • We do not grant to organizations outside of the United States. No international applicants will be considered.


Grant award process currently under review, please check back soon.

Applications must be sent electronically with any signatures scanned to Hard copies will not be accepted.

Do not submit an incomplete application. An application will be considered incomplete if it fails to comply with instructions or if the material is insufficient to permit adequate review.

Revisions, insertions or appendices to applications will not be accepted after the receipt date unless agreed to by WOKC’s Grants Committee. Even if a part of an application is approved for late submission, there is no guarantee that the application will be reviewed. Only Human Subjects Certification, Use of Animals Certification, and Recombinant DNA Approval will be accepted apart from the body of the grant application if they are not available at time of submission.

Submission Information

General Timing:
Application Deadline: Application Deadline: TBD
Review by Medical Advisory Committee: TBD
Review by Board of Directors: TBD
Applicant Notified: TBD