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2020 ACS Fall Grant Applications

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NOTICE: Updated Policy for Intellectual Property 

As of July 1, 2020, an updated intellectual property policy for ACS research grants is in effect. This policy applies to grants awarded to non-governmental grantee institutions. 

For complete details, see section 17 about Intellectual Property Rights in the All Grants Policies document. Key features of the new policy include:

  • Reporting requirements for each funded invention. The grantee institution's technology transfer officer should provide an annual report for each funded invention by January 31 of each calendar year after an ACS grant was received.
  • A defined income share rate. Once the gross income from a funded invention exceeds $500,000, the grantee institution shall pay the society 5% of the gross income each year for grants activated after July 1, 2020.

How to Submit a Grant Application

Applications must be submitted in 2 formats: an electronic version and a paper copy. 

Electronic applications must be submitted on proposalCENTRAL by close of business (5:00 PM ET) on the specified deadline date. 

The paper copy of the application must be received by the ACS Global Headquarters on the next business day after electronic submission, no later than 5:00 PM ET. The paper copy must include the signatures (front page) and contact information (second page) of the applicant, institutional official, and department head.

ACS Grant Mechanisms

 RESEARCH GRANTS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS

Research Scholar Grants (RSG)

Also see this special initiatve: 
Health Equity Research in Cancer Control & Prevention

Who Can Apply: Investigators within the first 6 years of an initial independent research career or faculty appointment; eligibility extends to 8 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care.

Funding: Up to 4 years at $165K/year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs 

Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 15
Institutional Research Grants (IRG)

 
Who Can Apply: Awarded to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects. The principal investigator of the grant should be a senior faculty member.  

Funding:
 1 to 3 years, with an average of $120K/year, and may be renewed

Application Deadlines: 
April 1 
Mission Boost Grants (MBG)
Who Can Apply: Current and past American Cancer Society grantees

Purpose: Enables transition of patient-focused research to accelerate clinical impact

Funding: Primary Boost: $240K; Secondary Boost: $360K 

Letter of Intent (LOI): January 15, 2020 to March 1, 2020

Application Deadline: July 1, 2020

Special Initiative—Priority Focus 

Health Equity Research in Cancer Control and Prevention
Who Can Apply: Applicants for Research Scholar Grants (at any career stage), Clinician Scientist Development Grant, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Research Professor Award

Purpose:
To prioritize research addressing cancer health equity and health disparities as a priority within the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. 
NEW! RFA: St. Baldrick's Foundation-American Cancer Society Childhood Cancer Research Who Can Apply: Investigators who have a doctoral-level degree and a full-time faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or eligible not-for-profit research organization within the United States (No citizenship restrictions.); Institutions at a college, university, medical school, or eligible not-for-profit research organization within the United States, its territories, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Purpose:
To advance innovative translational pediatric cancer research conducted within the context of a clinical trial

Funding:
Pilot Accelerator Awards: $100K direct cost, plus 20% indirect costs per year for 2 years; Interdisciplinary Team Accelerator Awards: $200K direct cost, plus 20% indirect costs per year up to 4 years

Letter of Intent (LOI):
  July 27, 2020

Application Deadline: 
October 22, 2020
RFA: The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Treatment  Who Can Apply: Independent investigators at any career stage with a doctoral degree and a full-time faculty appointment or equivalent, who are evaluating changes in the health care system with a focus on cancer

Funding:
 Award length and budget varies

Application Deadlines:
 April 1 and October 15
RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families Who Can Apply: Independent investigators at any career stage with a doctorate degree and a full-time faculty position or equivalent

Funding:
 $60K/year (direct costs) plus 20% allowable indirect costs

Application Deadlines:
 April 1 and October 15
MENTORED RESEARCH GRANTS 

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)

Check out the increased stipends and benefits!

Who Can Apply: Investigators who are US citizens or permanent residents and within 3 years of receiving a doctoral degree NOTE: 1-year fellowships have been eliminated; resubmissions are grandfathered and will be accepted

NEW Funding: Progressive stipends up to 3 years, plus an annual $4K fellowship allowance.

Application Deadlines: April 1 and October 15
Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG)
Who Can Apply: Licensed clinicians who are US citizens or permanent residents and are within the first 6 years of their initial faculty appointment, who have an active role in patient care  

Funding:
 $135K direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs per year for 3 to 5 years

Application Deadlines: 
April 1 and October 15
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING GRANTS (HPTG)
Master's Training Grants in Clinical Oncology Social Work (MSW) DISCONTINUED
Any previously awarded grants will continue for their full term.

Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work (DSW)

DISCONTINUED
Any previously awarded grants will continue for their full term.
Graduate Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Practice (GSCNP) DISCONTINUED
Any previously awarded grants will continue for their full term.
Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing (DSCN) DISCONTINUED
Any previously awarded grants will continue for their full term.
Physician Training Awards in Cancer Prevention (PTACP) DISCONTINUED
Proposals submitted Spring 2020 will be reviewed.
Any previously awarded grants will continue for their full term.

PROFESSOR GRANTS 

Research Professor Grants (RP) Who Can Apply: Investigators who have been a full professor for 15 years or less and made seminal contributions that have changed the direction of cancer care research and who expect to continue to provide leadership in their research area

Funding: $80K/year for a 5-year term; renewable

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: February 1, 2020
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Clinical Research Professor Grants (CRP)

Who Can Apply: Investigators who have been a full professor for 15 years or less and made seminal contributions that have changed the direction of  clinical, psychosocial, behavioral, health policy, or epidemiologic cancer research and who expect to continue to provide leadership in their research area

Funding:
 $80K/year for a 5-year term; renewable

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline:
 August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS 
Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology Who Can Apply: Qualified physicians and dentists from other countries, particularly those countries where advanced training is not readily available

Funding: $65K/year 

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019