Travel Grant Program

Travel Grant Awardees for 2018

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2018 I-ACT for Children Travel Grant! Our esteemed awardees are Sara Kramer, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Deepak Chellapandian, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Sara Kramer, MPH, CCRP
Sara Kramer, MPH, CCRP

Sara Kramer, MPH, CCRP, will use the award to attend the 2019 SoCRA Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference.  Ms. Kramer is a clinical research coordinator and a key member of the pediatric clinical research team at the University of Minnesota.  As a rising leader in the pediatric research program, this meeting will provide Ms. Kramer with exposure to national colleagues and research topics directly related to emerging pediatric clinical trials.

Dr. Deepak Chellapandian
Dr. Deepak Chellapandian

Dr. Deepak Chellapandian will use the award to attend the 45th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).  He is an early-career investigator within Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute with expertise in the design and conduct of early-phase trials in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for children with non-malignant disease.  By attending the EBMT meeting, Dr. Chellapandian will be able to network with colleagues and scientific thought leaders to share novel findings and develop new research ideas which he hopes will make a significant impact in the field.

About the I-ACT for Children Travel Grant Program


I-ACT sponsors a Travel Grant Program to support the continuing education of those involved in pediatric clinical trial research. The I-ACT Travel Grant is designed specifically to support the attendance of an early stage Investigator, Study Nurse or Coordinator, Research Administrator or Research Administration staff that supports clinical trials at a relevant research conference.

Two $5,000 grants are awarded in January each year.


The submission period for this award has closed, and it will reopen in Q4 of 2019. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be involved in pediatric clinical trials.
  • Provide the name, date and location of the conference they wish to attend and how it relates to their work in pediatric research.
  • Provide a written statement that describes how the award will benefit the applicant and his/her home institution (At least one letter of support from the home institution, signed by the POC or Physician Site Champion must be included). The applicant and/or the institutional support letter(s) must demonstrate that the applicant has secured approval from his/her supervisor to attend the meeting.


Should the cost of conference attendance exceed $5,000, the applicant must confirm that the balance will be covered by other sources.

Travel grant selection will be based on both educational and financial need.

Applicants may complete the application below. Winning applicants will be notified by telephone and email.

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