American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Pilot Project Funding


DEADLINE: Qualified faculty from the University of Arizona and its affiliates are encouraged to apply for cancer research funds made available through an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG). These funds are intended to provide seed money to new investigators to help them with starting their research programs and to obtain preliminary data in support of more extensive proposals. Only applications that relate to cancer research will be accepted. However, cancer-related research will be interpreted using the broadest definition.

DEADLINE: October 10, 2014, by 5:00 p.m.

Tenure-track, clinical-track and research-track faculty at the assistant professor level who have not had independent federal or American Cancer Society funding in the past are eligible to apply and applicants must be within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment. (*)  A more detailed description of eligibility standards may be found in the “Definition of a New Investigator” document below.

(*) However, individuals whose initial nationally peer reviewed research grant was not reviewed and who are still at the level of assistant professor may apply for an individual IRG--provided they are within the first six years of their independent faculty (or equivalent) appointment and have not received funds from the IRG before. 

Note that new investigators who received ACS-IRG funding in previous years can reapply for continuation of their projects providing they still meet the other eligibility criteria. However, competitive renewals MUST include a completed progress report.

Budget requests may not exceed $30,000 in direct costs. Some restrictions on budgetary items apply. A detailed list is provided in the “allowable budget items” file available below.

All applications are due in electronic form by 5 p.m., October 10, 2014, and are to be e-mailed to Lynn Frazier at

The funding period is for one year only. The start date is December 1, 2014..

For answers to questions, please contact:

Lynn Frazier at 626-5521,


For Applicants:

For Reviewers:

* Please note: If you have trouble downloading the forms, please contact Lynn Frazier at, and the forms can be sent to you via e-mail.