American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center's American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) is accepting applications for pilot project grants in cancer research. The intent of this support is to allow awardees to obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for peer-reviewed national grants in cancer research.

Applications will be accepted from beginning investigators, within 6 years of their first independent faculty appointment, who do not yet have RO1 funding. 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. All applicants will need to identify a senior faculty member who will serve as their mentor. All grant proposals will be reviewed in the framework of whether the project will be able to produce preliminary data for a fundable RO1-grant application. Applicants are encouraged to spell out in their application the tentative specific aims for the national peer-reviewed grant proposal for which this seed funding will be used. The final sentence of the pilot project abstract should summarize the focus and cancer relevance of the project in non-scientific terms. The maximum budget that you may request is $30,000; the actual amount awarded may be less. Applications will be accepted in all aspects of cancer research.

A part of the budget for the ACS-IRG awards is ear-marked for "cancer research of special interest to American Cancer Society". These areas currently include psychosocial and behavioral research, health policy or health services research, cancer in the poor and medically underserved, and childhood cancer. Projects may be focused on identifying effective methods for predicting cancer risk, detecting early-stage cancer, and guiding cancer treatment in at-risk populations; developing effective methods for increasing the informed use of proven procedures for cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment; or determining the impact of implementing such effective methods on cancer patient outcomes. Furthermore, the projects may involve at-risk populations experiencing disparities. Please specify if the application is in the "ACS-IRG Special Interest" category.

The 2015 application deadline is 9am on June 15.

The completed and signed application must be submitted electronically; the research proposal section has an 8 page maximum.

Applications for this year's funding should be returned to by 9 am on June 15.
Scientific questions should be addressed to

IRG Application instructions

ACS IRG Application

NCI Designated Cancer Center

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