RFP Grant Announcement

Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® and the Be The Match Foundation® are once again proud to announce the annual request for applications for the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program. The Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program for the Study of Post-Transplant Complications (Amy Research Program) is one of the largest and most coveted grants in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cellular therapy. The grant supports the research endeavors of basic scientists and clinical researchers early in their careers. Its goal is to launch these young investigators on a life-long journey to discover solutions to potentially life-threatening post-transplant or post-cellular therapy complications such as infection, relapse, or graft-versus-host disease.

The emphasis on early career support attracts new talent to the field and encourages researchers to focus on these complications throughout their careers. Amy Scholars receive a maximum of $400,000 divided over five years from the Be The Match Foundation. This crucial funding enables the researchers to continue with their projects without having to stop and apply for further financial support. 

Please note: the grant program is closed for 2022 applications. We anticipate the 2023 RFP will be released in September 2022.

Grant History

The program was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Amy Strelzer Manasevit. A vibrant young mother of two, Amy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1993. After receiving a successful bone marrow transplant, she succumbed to pneumonia and passed away six weeks after returning home. Manasevit’s family and friends partnered with the NMDP/Be The Match to establish the research program in the hope they could prevent other families from losing their loved ones to complications arising from HCT.

To date, the Be The Match Foundation has supported 46 scholars and 13 post-doctoral fellows and currently is committed to 16 Amy Strelzer Manasevit scholars with a total financial commitment of $3.3M through September 2026. The last eighteen months have proven to be difficult for many reasons, including raising the necessary funds to ensure our commitment.

Contact us for more information about the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program.