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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 


Application Guidelines

Award Terms



Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for or receive a Meso Foundation grant?

No. There is no requirement that you be a U.S. citizen in order to apply or receive a Meso Foundation grant. We highly encourage applications from around the world.

Are there restrictions as to what proposed project must relate to?

Only submitted grants that relate to benchwork, translational or clinical mesothelioma research will be eligible.

What institutions are eligible to apply for funding? Must they be based in the United States?

Funded research may be conducted through any not-for-profit, academic, medical or research institution, in the United States or abroad. International applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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How do I apply for a grant?

The Meso Foundation uses ProposalCentral to streamline its grant funding. All documents will be submitted through their application system at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

How do I prepare my proposed budget?

The Meso Foundation does not have guidelines to aid in completing the proposed budget form since projected costs of specific activities varies so much from project to project.  Your budget proposal should be an estimate of funds needed to complete the project submitted.

What is the maximum amount of funding possible for the two year grant term?


Do I have to request the $100,000?

No. You’re proposed budget does not have to equal $100,000. Rather, it should directly reflect the amount that you project to use.

Are salary allocations permitted for myself and co-investigators?

Yes. You can request salary support for yourself as well as co-investigators and lab technicians in your proposed budget.

Does the Meso Foundation have to receive my grant by the submission deadline?

Yes. All applicants must have submitted their application through ProposalCentral (https://proposalcentral.altum.com/) by the submission deadline.

Is there a page limit for the application?

Yes. The application must not exceed 10 pages.

Are references included in this page count?

No. References provided will not be counted in the 10 page maximum.

Can I request funding for equipment in my budget proposal?

Funding requests for equipment are discouraged and will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Do I have to provide my IRB approval with my application?

No. You must provide proof of submission for the approval. The final IRB approval needs to be provided by the start date of the project.

Should I mail my application or submit it electronically?

You no longer need to mail your application. It will be submitted via ProposalCentral at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/. No paper copy needs to be mailed. 

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What is the effective date of the grant?

The effective date of the grant is January 1st.

Am I permitted to have simultaneous funding?

As of the start date of the Foundation grant there can not be any awarded or promised funding other than from the Meso Foundation for any of the proposed work described in the application. The principle investigator and Institution are prohibited from accepting any funding for any of the work described in the Project unless you first notify the Meso Foundation in writing and the Meso Foundation consents in writing to such duplicate funding.

Am I required to attend the Meso Foundation’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma?

Principle Investigators are highly encouraged to participate in the Symposium during the first year of their grant project. During the second year of their grant project, they are required to present a poster and short talk on your Project.

Does my grant cover my travel expenses to attend the Symposium?

If funding from your Institution or other sources is not available to travel to present on mesothelioma, reasonable travel expenses to participate in the Symposium may be allocated to your grant. Investigators are highly encouraged to avoid using their grant money for travel but rather strictly for research.

Do the grants cover cost of attending other conferences?

The Meso Foundation grants are only intended to cover research expenses and will not cover any travel expenses outside of the Foundation’s annual Symposium.

Will the information in my progress reports be used by the Foundation?

Without violating established scientific journals’ or conferences’ “embargo” requirements, the Meso Foundation may make public, including through press releases, newsletters and newspaper, magazine and website articles, summaries of the project reports and final reports.

Do I need to acknowledge the financial support of the Meso Foundation?

Yes. You must acknowledge the financial support of the Meso Foundation on all publications, presentations, abstracts, press releases, and Institution-generated literature resulting from or discussing the Project or the work conducted as part of the Project. In at least one location on the Institution’s webpage, there must be a brief discussion of the grant including a link to the Meso Foundation’s website, www.curemeso.org. Other alternatives may be accepted.

I would like to request an extension for my research project. What is the procedure?

The Meso Foundation expects all projects to be completed by the termination date but recognizes that in certain situations extra time is needed. If you have determined that you need extra time you can apply for a No-Cost Extension. A No-Cost Extension provides additional time to work on the project without addition funds from the Foundation You will need to fill out the No-Cost Extension form and submit it to the Foundation for approval.

How long can I request for my no-cost extension?

As stated on the non-cost extension form you can apply for either a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month extension. You should apply for the minimum amount of time you believe you will require. Requests for additional no-cost extensions will be considered on a case-by-case-basis.

When am I required to submit my progress report by?

Progress reports are due around the end of October of their first year. Please see Progress Reporting Guidelines under Grant Forms and Instructions for more details.

When must I submit my Final Report?

The Final Report is due within (60) days of the end of the project period.

What happens if there is money left over at the end of my grant term?

The institution must return any remaining grant funds within (60) days following the termination of the Project. Send the check to:

Meso Foundation
1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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