In keeping with our mission, The Matthew Larson Foundation has a medical research grant program for supporting studies on the treatment and cure of pediatric brain and spinal tumors.

IronMatt awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.


Since 2007, over $4 million have been provided to support many important research projects.

Apply for a 2021

IronMatt Research Grant

Letter of Intent Deadline        November 13, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Matthew Larson Research Grant Recipients

Yanxin Pei
Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC
Inhibiting metastasis and preventing recurrence in MYC-amplified medulloblastoma
Michael Taylor 
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Improving therapy by targeting the biological differences between micro- and macro-metastasis in central nervous system tumors
Alexandra Miller
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY
Development of a "Liquid Biopsy" Paradigm for Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients

IronMatt acknowledged for funding groundbreaking results in clinical trials.


Mark Souweidane, MAC member and Zhiping Zhou, former grant recipient

Treatment of DIPG - Lancet Oncology - June 2018

Samuel Cheshier, former grant recipient

Treatment of Medulloblastoma - Nature Communications - October 2018

Previous Grant Recipients

2014 IronMatt Research Grant

recipient Michelle Monje,

from Stanford  University,

is making advances in the treatment of

High-grade glioma tumors.

Read the Press Release

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