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Funding and Award Opportunities for Cancer Research

Award Name: American Cancer Society - Institutional Research Grant
Funding Sponsor: American Cancer Society (ACS)/University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC)
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No proposal should overlap with funding obtained from other sources. Preference will be given to proposed pilot studies that are clearly and importantly related to the cancer problem, and which, if successful, are of a scope which would serve as a foundation to secure additional funding from other sources for long-term research in the cancer field. Please note that the review will take into consideration the scope of the project, that is, whether it can be completed in one year. The maximum amount that may be requested is $35,000.  Indirect costs are not allowed.  Funding Period: 6/1/20 – 5/31/21.


Award Deadline:

Submit a PDF of your proposal by May 4, 2020 through our UCCCC Submission Portal: (more detailed instructions are on the RFA). Please also submit one complete electronic original in Word to Lee Baksas, [email protected].




Award Description:

The purpose of the Institutional Research Grant is to serve as "seed" money to early stage investigators (junior faculty members) who have not yet received national peer-reviewed grant support. The intent is to support junior faculty in conducting pilot projects that will yield preliminary data to enable them to compete successfully for national cancer research grants.

Information And Eligibilty Criteria:

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

•    Junior faculty (usually at the assistant professor or equivalent level) involved in cancer-related research

•    Within six (6) years of first independent research or faculty appointment

•    Salaried faculty with appropriate committed research facilities

•    No peer-reviewed funding; and

•    UCCCC membership or eligibility for membership (e.g., research is cancer-focused)

•   Previous awardees (investigators) are eligible to apply for a 2nd IRG award (for the same project ONLY)

NOTE: Research Associates (even with paranthetic rank), Post-Doctoral Fellows and Clinical Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Citizenship Eligibility - Recipients of these sub-awards must be, at the time of application, United States citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Permanent residents must submit with the application notarized evidence indicating that they have a Resident Alien Card or “Green Card” (I-551); or have been approved for the issuance of such card as evidenced by an official passport stamp of the United States Immigration Service or a form I-797 Notice of Action which indicates that the application for permanent residence has been approved. Noncitizen nationals are persons who, although not US citizens, owe permanent allegiance to the United States. They are generally persons born in outlying US possessions (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).


More Info:

For RFA and guidelines, please click HERE.

For application cover pages, please click HERE.

For application, please click HERE.

Category: Other Foundation
Target Awardee: --- - Junior faculty