Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. Patients are the core of the American Brain Tumor Association’s research funding program. Each grant funded by the ABTA is selected because of the way it supports the organization’s mission of advancing the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. Through the funding of early career scientists, the ABTA is seeding the field with talented young investigators who have the potential to change our understanding of the causes, effects, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. The ABTA supports innovative discovery science that is developing new drugs, new imaging techniques, and advanced methods of diagnosing brain tumors; collaborates with other research funders, both in and out of the brain tumor field, to expand the understanding of this disease while learning from other diseases; and supports research that will improve the quality of life of brain tumor survivors and their caregivers.