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American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants

Current Call for Applications: 

Grant applications are now being invited from junior faculty for the award of small research grants of up to $30,000 for one year to perform basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies (including but not limited to health services, psychosocial/behavioral, epidemiologic and health policy/outcome cancer research). 

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS-IRG) are awarded to junior faculty to pursue basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. These grants are intended for new investigators who are within six years of their first academic appointment. 

Each applicant is strongly encouraged to include a biostatistician collaborator as part of the proposal to assist with design and statistical methods. If assistance is needed in identifying a biostatistician, please contact Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay (, director of the MCC Biostatistics Shared Resource, as soon as possible.

*Final Applications DUE: September 1, 2021

Upcoming Cycle Dates:

Posted Date: July 9, 2021

Letter of Intent Due Date: August 1, 2021

Application Due Date: September 1, 2021

Earliest Start Date: October 15, 2021

Note: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) REQUIREMENT: Please send Lisa Mallory ( an email by 8/1 with your intention to submit along with the title of your application. This enables us to identify an appropriate review panel in advance of the application due date.

Recent ACS-IRG Awards: 

  • Katherine Tossas, PhD - "The role of the vaginal microbiome (VMB) in precancerous cervical lesions and potential implications for cervical cancer racial disparities"
  • Jie Shen, PhD - "Association of social adversity and allostatic load with breast cancer clinicopathology and survival among Black women"

*Interested researchers or for assistance accessing related program information, please contact:

Lisa Mallory
Center research program administrator
(804) 316-3030