Find information on ACS grants for special initiatives, independent investigators, mentored research, health professional training, professorships, and international 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.
Grant Application Deadlines: Grant applications for most grant types are accepted two times per year – April 1 and October 15. Please review the individual grant type pages listed below or the full listing of all grant deadlines for more information.
Please Note: Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility status may request a review, but must do so no later than six weeks prior to the application submission deadline (by September 1 for the October 15 deadline; by February 15 for the April 1 deadline). A request for evaluation of eligibility should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach 1) a letter that includes rationale for requesting an exception to the American Cancer Society eligibility rules and 2) a full curriculum vitae (not a biosketch). If your request is approved, you will receive a formal letter confirming your eligibility to apply; this letter should be included in the appendix to your application. Questions may also be directed to email@example.com or 404-329-7558.
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:
- RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Studies Using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Achieve Cancer Health Equity
- RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families
- RFA: The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services
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.
Health Professional Training Grants
Health Professional Training Grants (HPTGs) include both grants and scholarships awarded to nurses, physicians, and social workers.
- Master's Training Grants in Clinical Oncology Social Work (institutional grant)
- Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work
- Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice
- Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing
- Cancer Control Career Development Awards for Primary Care Physicians
- Physician Training Awards in Cancer Prevention (institutional grant)
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 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 encourage research collaboration 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.