American Cancer Society-IRG

Purpose of Award:
The UI Cancer Center is applying for a prestigious American Cancer Society – Institutional Review Grant (ACS-IRG) due April 1, 2019.   The ACS-IRG is designed to support the development of beginning investigators conducting cancer research by providing pilot funds to obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. The program is intended to support independent, self-directed, investigators early in their careers for whom the institution has committed research facilities, resources or space. The total annual grant award is $120,000 for up to 3 years.  While it is not a large amount, the impact of receiving ACS-IRG pilot funds can help launch the research career of early stage investigators.

If funded, the UI Cancer Center will initiate an annual call for proposals and through a competitive peer reviewed process, provide pilot funds for up to 5 awards at $30,000 ($120,000 from ACS and $30,000 from the UI Cancer Center for a total of $150,000).  The ACS IRG award serves as seed money to support initiation of promising new projects or novel investigations in cancer-related fields. Faculty in all areas of cancer research — basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, psychosocial and so on — are welcome.

Applicant Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate in the ACS pilot competition, applicants should be assistant professors (or equivalent) with faculty appointments of six years or less, and no more than 12 years from their last degree. Investigators who have already received peer-reviewed support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Cancer Society or other major extramural organizations are not eligible. Postdoctoral/clinical fellows, professors or associate professors are not eligible.

How to Apply?
If you are interested in having an opportunity to compete for pilots funds (or mentoring an investigator who qualifies), meet the eligibility criteria, and would like to be included in the ACS-IRG application, please submit the following to Jackie Black at by March 8th 5pm.
Mentees: Please submit a brief “letter of intent” with a paragraph or two describing a research project you would conduct if you were funded.  This should consist of a cursory overview of the hypothesis, objectives, rationale, methods, and expected results.  In addition, please submit an updated biosketch. If you do not have a biosketch, please submit your CV and we will create one.
Mentors: Please submit updated Biosketch

Important Dates:
LOI and Biosketches due to Jackie Black at by March 8th 5pm.
If you have questions, please contact or We look forward to receiving your application.