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American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG)
Fall 2023, Cycle 49 Pilot Project Grant Program  
Submission Deadline: 4 p.m., Monday,
October 16, 2023

Moffitt Cancer Center is pleased to announce the 49th cycle of its ACS-IRG funded by the American Cancer Society.

Applicants may request up to $30,000 for a 12-month project. Current awardees may request a second year of funding (up to $30,000) as a competing renewal.

  • Is the proposal relevant to the goals of the ACS – is it cancer-related?
  • Does the proposal have scientific merit?
  • Is there potential that this ACS funding will lead to extramural funding?
  • Is the budget reasonable for the proposed work?
  • Can the work be completed in 12 months?

In addition, this year we have received additional funding to support increasing diversity in cancer research. The National Science Foundation reports that certain racial and ethnic groups are underrepresented at many career stages in health-related sciences, namely, African Americans (or Blacks), American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics (or Latinos), Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Collectively these groups are known as underrepresented minorities (URM) in science.

Only full-time faculty at the Assistant Members/Professors with no active peer-reviewed funding within six years of initial faculty appointment may apply.

Since 1993, the American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) has enabled the Moffitt Cancer Center (Moffitt) to fund the cancer-related pilot projects of over 142 junior investigators. The ACS-IRG is a unique source of funding entrusted to Moffitt that provides seed money for young investigators interested in cancer-related research. While the grant is administered at Moffitt, eligible applicants at Moffitt, the University of South Florida (USF) and the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) may apply.

Application (.doc)

Guidelines (PDF)

For additional information contact: Maureen Ahearn at