We Are Research!

We collaborate, idealize, and produce faster results. We are the highest-rated cancer charity. We conduct science on all types of childhood cancers.






About Our Research

In 2005, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation decided to aggressively pursue a measurable change in the way pediatric cancer research was approached and funded by forming the Sunshine Project.

Through the establishment of the Sunshine Project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has developed a business model unlike any other in the field of pediatric cancer research. Capitalizing on the strengths of researchers from a variety of scientific fields, we have streamlined the process of protocol development in the hopes of delivering more personalized medicine to children with cancer.

Through the Sunshine Project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation has launched several clinical trials and many new combinations of drugs and therapies have been, and continue to be, tested. The treatment options being discovered through the Sunshine Project are bringing great promise for children who have not experienced positive results under the standard treatment protocol.

Mission of Our Research

The NPCF created and governs a collaborative research model focusing on translational studies and phase 0,1, and 2 clinical trials addressing all types of pediatric cancers. We have a consortium of 30 hospitals called the Sunshine Project. 1. The goal of the Sunshine Project is to leverage collaboration, both scientific and philanthropic, to identify promising, less toxic, novel therapies to treat and eliminate childhood cancer. Through these partnerships, top pediatric cancer specialists are able to collaborate, resulting in the fast-tracking of new treatment options into clinical trials. NPCF’s research is affecting treatment protocols nationwide and giving hope to patients and families.

Our attributes: Plug and play process. No bureaucracy. Highly-rated by Charity Navigator. Streamlined. Efficient. Quick. Effective. Collaborative. If you’re an individual, organization, a like-minded foundation, a company, a scientist, or a healthcare system, consider joining us. 

Reviewed, Vetted, and Governed




The governance of the Sunshine Project is a dual-track model with reviews and approval by physicians and the NPCF Board of Directors. The Sunshine Project has established multiple Medical, Clinical Review, and Oversight Committees to oversee all research projects. Each trial within the Sunshine Project is reviewed, vetted, and governed throughout the duration of the trial. After the medical team’s vet the science, the NPCF Board of Directors reviews and approves all projects via an extensive governance model. Our team has a strong track record of taking promising research ideas and turning them into clinical trials quicker than anyone else. 

The committees meet to ensure all clinical research conducted or coordinated by NPCF is scientifically well designed, responsibly managed, appropriately reported, and protects the rights and welfare of the children that participate in the clinical research.

Impact of the Sunshine Project


$30 million dedicated to pediatric cancer research


28 project initiatives yielding amazing results


30 leading pediatric hospitals, researchers, and scientists