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Grant Types

Find information on ACS grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, pre-doctoral training, professorships, special initiatives, requests for applications, and international research programs.

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. This intellectual freedom encourages discovery in areas that scientists believe are most likely to solve the problems of cancer.

New Initiatives and Requests for Applications

With a primary focus on beginning investigators, the American Cancer Society’s Extramural Grants Program seeks to support and promote high impact and innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer. Thank you for considering the American Cancer Society for your research funding opportunities. The Society is currently interested in receiving grant applications in the following areas:

Research Grants for Independent Investigators

The Society supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Research Scholar Grants are awards are for up to four years and for up to $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Institutional Research Grants are block grants averaging $90,000 per year for three years given to institutions as "seed money" for the initiation of projects by promising junior investigators.

Applications for Professors

The American Cancer Society offers a limited number of grants to mid-career investigators who have made seminal contributions that have changed the direction of basic, clinical, psychosocial, behavioral, health policy or epidemiologic cancer research.

International Fellowships

International Fellowships are funded by the American Cancer Society with the objective of fostering a bi-directional flow of knowledge, experience, expertise, and innovation between countries. The American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators (ACSBI) are managed by the Union for International Cancer Control to foster bi-directional exchange between countries. The Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology provide one year of advanced training in clinical oncology at participating US cancer centers to qualified physicians and dentists from other countries, particularly countries where advanced training is not readily available.