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American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG)

About the ACS IRG

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS IRG) is awarded to junior faculty to pursue basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. These funds are intended for new investigators who are within six years of their first academic appointment, and to provide new investigators with necessary resources to more rapidly develop their research, generate pilot data and publish their results, all of which enhances their ability to compete for national-level funding.

Award details

  • Awards of up to $40,000/year are provided for up to five junior faculty each year
  • Awardees must have an established mentor/mentoring team in place

Application requirements

  • Applicants are required to consult with a biostatistician as part of the proposal to assist with design and statistical methods if applicable. For biostatistical support, please contact Dr. Roy Sabo at, or visit the MCC Biostatistics Shared Resource.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to engage a Community Champion in the project. Please contact Dr. Maria Thomson at to set an appointment for your consultation.

Upcoming deadlines and award dates

  • May 1, 2022: Letter of Intent due by 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • June 15, 2022: Full applications due by 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Download the full ACS IRG application guidelines (PDF)

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Lisa Mallory, Senior program coordinator
(804) 316-3030

2022 ACS IRG awardees

Awardees Title of Project Department
Eddie Chae Regulation of innate lymphoid cell mediated anti-tumor immunity by the Wnt system
Elizabeth Krieger Understanding donor lymphocyte infusion response
Jie Shen The role of allostatic load and biological aging in the association of neighborhood disadvantage with breast cancer outcomes and racial disparity
Kathy Tossas Role of the vaginal microbiome on human papilloma virus carcinogenicity- Implications for racial disparities


Awardees Title of Project Department
Inho Joh Heterochromatin-mediated mechanosensing for tumor dormancy Physics
Xuewei Wang Potassium ionophore-based lipid nanoparticles for treatment of solid tumors with necrosis Chemistry
Chunqing Guo Blockade of scavenger receptor a to enhance cancer immunotherapy and radiotherapy Human and Molecular Genetics
Rebecca Martin ADAM17 and membrane TNF on macrophages regulates ST2+ T regulatory cells that limit obesity-induced inflammation in mice Microbiology and Immunology
Sunny Jung Kim Cannabis use and acceptance among cancer survivors and care providers Health Behavior and Policy