September 25 LOI Deadline: ACS-IRG Pilots

The University of Illinois Cancer Center will fund up to three American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) pilot projects plus an additional diversity pilot project from an applicant belonging to a population underrepresented in science. September 25 is the deadline to submit a Letter of Intent.

The Cancer Center is the recipient of the ACS IRG, which is awarded to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects. The intent is to support junior faculty in initiating cancer research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.

Funding for each pilot is up to $50,000 for a one-year project. One pilot will be awarded to a cancer prevention and control project that addresses social, economic and clinical barriers, or behavioral or biological determinants of health.

Submission Deadlines (11:59 p.m.)

  • Letter of Intent is Monday, September 25, 2023
  • Full Application is Friday, November 10, 2023

Start Date

The earliest start date is Monday, January 1, 2024.

ACS-IRG Pilots Eligibility

  • Applicants must be within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment.
  • Applicants may not currently hold an NIH R01 or equivalent grant. Individuals with previously funded peer-reviewed research project (e.g., R01) that was not renewed are still eligible to apply for the ACS IRG, as long as they (a) are still at the level of Assistant Professor (b) are within the first six years of their independent faculty appointment, (c) are no more than 12 years from their last degree, and (d) have not received funds from the ACS IRG before.
  • Recipients of IRG pilot project grants are not required to be United States (U.S.) citizens. However, any applicant for IRG pilot project funding who is not a U.S. citizen must hold a visa that will allow them to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the IRG pilot project and provide the Cancer Center the appropriate documentation at the time of submission.
  • Any applicant applying for the diversity pilot should belong to one of the groups underrepresented in science as defined in the Request for Applications (RFA) here.


For more information please see the RFA or email Farah Mirza at

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