CDI LogoThe CDI website is currently unavailable.  Please access documents related to the CDI at the WUSTL Box link below.  The CDI Grants Portal is still available, and below is a link for direct access.  

The Children's Discovery Institute is currently accepting Letters of Intent for Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Faculty Recruitment/Scholar Awards, and Postdoctoral Fellowships (related to childhood cancer only). Letters of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 pm CST on May 24, 2021. Following internal review, selected investigators will be invited to submit a complete proposal that will be due on July 12, 2021. Funding for successful proposals anticipated to begin in October 2021.

Link to WUSTL Box:

  • CDI Documents for LOI and Proposal Submission
  • CDI Information on Active Cores (Genome Technologies Core, Pediatric Disease Mouse Models Core, Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging, Zebrafish Models for Pediatric Research)
  • CDI Policies & Guidelines
  • List of CDI Awards (Current & Past)

Link to CDI Grants Portal (use to submit an LOI, Proposal, or Progress Report):

Please contact Betsy Crites at 314.286.2808 or [email protected] with any questions or if any additional documents are needed.

The Children’s Discovery Institute is the result of a shared vision to change the way pediatric research is conducted and an intense commitment to bring about dramatic results in pediatric care.

This partnership established in 2006 between two prominent organizations – St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University – is uniquely positioned to leverage the abilities of clinicians, investigators, trainees and professional staff throughout the University’s academic and medical community. By funding the work of creative scientists and clinicians in collaborative, multi-disciplinary research aimed at some of the most devastating childhood diseases and disorders, the Children’s Discovery Institute is a world-class center for pediatric research and innovation that encourages researchers to ask bold questions and take bold risks to uncover answers.

The Children’s Discovery Institute makes pediatric research grants within four Centers. The Center approach is intended to focus thinking and innovation through open participation and the exchange of ideas.

  • Congenital Heart Disease Center
  • McDonnell Pediatric Cancer Center
  • Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Disease
  • Center for Metabolism and Immunity