The Extramural Grants department reviews and administers both Research Grants and Health Professional Training Grants (HPTGs). HPTGs include both grants and scholarships awarded to nurses, physicians, and oncology social work professionals. As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals. This process ensures that scientists propose projects that they believe are ready to be tackled with the available knowledge and techniques, rather than working on projects designed by administrators who are far removed from the front lines of research. This intellectual freedom encourages discovery in areas that scientists believe are most likely to solve the problems of cancer.
To accomplish these goals, the Extramural Grants department is organized into six programs encompassing a very wide portfolio of research and training grants:
- Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of Cancer
- Cancer Cell Biology and Metastasis
- Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research
- Clinical Cancer Research, Nutrition and Immunology
- Cancer Control and Prevention Research
- Health Professional Training in Cancer Control
The Extramural Grants department is headed by William H. Chambers, PhD, National Vice President, Extramural Grants.