Institutional Research Grants in the Mid-South

The American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division has strong relationships with several top research institutions in our region, thanks to a long-standing institutional research grants (IRG) at their universities or cancer centers.  An IRG is awarded to the facility as a whole and supports proposals from all health sciences schools, colleges and departments. It provides “seed” money awards for the initiation of promising new projects by junior faculty members so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.

At the recent Alabama Research Day, volunteers with the American Cancer Society marked the 50-year anniversary of the IRG at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. They recognized staff from the center, including Dr. Michael Bertram, the associate director for administration. Since 1959, the American Cancer Society has funded 197 grants at UAB through the IRG and other extramural grants for more than $24 million.

An IRG has also existed at Vanderbilt University since 1958.  It is one of the oldest relationships in the history of the American Cancer Society research program.  Since 1947, the American Cancer Society has funded 203 grants at Vanderbilt, including the IRG, totaling more than $26 million.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center also maintains an IRG with the American Cancer Society. It was first funded in 1985. Overall, the University of Kentucky has received 143 grants totaling more than $15 million.

There are certain requirements for institutions in applying for an IRG. The average IRG award is $120,000 per year. For more information, see Institutional Research Grants.