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Apply For a Research Grant

As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer, the American Cancer Society focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals. This process ensures that researchers propose projects that they believe are ready to be tackled with the available knowledge and techniques. This intellectual freedom encourages discovery in areas that scientists believe are most likely to solve the problems of cancer.

The American Cancer Society also offers grants that support the clinical and/or research training of health professionals (nurses, physicians and social workers). These Health Professional Training Grants promote excellence in cancer prevention and control by providing incentive and support for highly qualified individuals in outstanding training programs or responsible for training.

Program Announcement

The Extramural Grants department encourages applications for research projects that focus on the multifaceted relationship between nutrition and physical activity and cancer.

Please note: There are no set aside dollars available in these areas or special review considerations for these applications at this time.

All standard American Cancer Society eligibility requirements for existing funding mechanisms must be met.Other areas of growing interest in cancer research where we encourage applications include the microbiome, metabolomics of physical activity, tumor vasculature and the microenvironment, and noncoding RNAs.

Grant Types

The American Cancer Society awards research grants and fellowships to promising early-career scientists with unique hypotheses for cancer prevention and study, fostering the next generation of cancer research and creating a strong foundation of preliminary evidence to make scientific advancements. The Society also sponsors grants in support of training for health professionals seeking to develop their clinical expertise and/or their ability to conduct independent research. Find information on ACS grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, health professional training, professorships, special initiatives, and international programs.

Definitions of Research Areas

The American Cancer Society classifies the research and training grants into Areas of Research, a common language developed as a partner with the International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP).

Peer Review Processes

Grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which is composed of 12-25 scientific advisors, or peers, who are experts in their fields. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the Society's objectives. Stakeholders, individuals with a personal interest in cancer, are full voting members of the Council and all Peer Review Committees, and improve review by bringing the perspective of the dedicated and impartial volunteers to the review process.

Grant Reporting Forms

To streamline the grant administration process, an electronic post award management system, Altum proposalCentral, has been added. The site is used to upload all requests for grant changes and related documents, and required reports (deliverables). The site will house all reports, requests and correspondence pertaining to a grant and is accessible to both ACS program staff and grantees.

Extramural Grants Staff Contacts

Find contact information for the American Cancer Society Extramural Grants department.