​The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for pediatric medical research. The Fund seeks to foster an environment of creativity and discovery aimed at finding solutions to children's health problems. The Fund awards grants for research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of children's diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based​ applications.


 E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards


The Thrasher Research Fund has been awarding grants for children's medical research for over 30 years. The purpose of the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards is to improve children's health through medical research, with an emphasis on projects that have the potential to translate into clinically meaningful results within a few years. The Fund awards grants two times per year, with no fixed number of awards given in each funding cycle or in each year. 



 Early Career Awards


The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of The Early Career Award Program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area.