American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
Pilot Project Funding Opportunity


Qualified faculty from the University of Arizona and its affiliates are encouraged to apply for cancer research funds made available through an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG). IRG pilot project grants are intended to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers to help them start their research programs and to obtain preliminary data in support of more extensive proposals. Projects can be in areas of basic research, cancer control (population sciences, psychosocial, behavioral, health policy, or health services research), or research related to cancer health equity, childhood cancer, palliative care, and nutrition and physical activity and cancer. Only applications that relate to cancer research will be accepted. However, cancer-related research will be interpreted using the broadest definition.

Up to two awards of $30,000 each will be made for this FOA.


  • Applicants must be within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment
  • Tenure-track, clinical-track, and research-track faculty at the assistant professor level who have not had independent federal or American Cancer Society funding in the past. Investigators who have been awarded federal grants with the activity codes shown below are not considered to be independently funded investigators and are eligible to apply:
    • R03, R15, R25, R90, RL9, RL5, R36, all F awards, all K awards (excluding K99/R00 awards that are considered as “NIH pathway to independence awards”), L30, L32, L40, L50, L60, T32, T34, T35, T90, D43, G07, G08, G11, G13, G20, R13, S10, S15, S21, S22
  • New investigators who received ACS-IRG funding can apply for a second consecutive year of funding as a continuation of their project providing they still meet the other eligibility criteria. However, continuation requests MUST include a completed progress report. An individual may NOT receive a second grant to initiate a different pilot project
  • Any applicant for IRG pilot project funding who is not a U.S. citizen must hold a visa that will allow him or her to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the IRG pilot project 

A more detailed description of eligibility standards may be found in the “Definition of a New Investigator” document.


Please review the following documents prior to submitting an application:



Deadline for proposal: Friday, March 8by 5 p.m.

Earliest start date: May 2019

All applications are due in electronic form, with biosketch, on March 8, by 5 p.m. and are to be emailed to Lubna Govindarajan (


For any questions please contact:

Margaret Briehl, PhD

Associate Director of Cancer Research Career Enhancement


Lubna Govindarajan, MPH

Senior Analyst, Research Performance