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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Arizona (AZ) Discovery Boost Grants (DBG)

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has partnered with the Simone Charitable Foundation to stimulate cancer research in Arizona. This investment in Arizona researchers will increase knowledge, collaboration, and further progress in our efforts to answer cancers biggest questions. This partnership is part of a larger effort to increase geographic diversity in cancer research.

Grant Overview

Discovery Boost Grants (DBG) support high-risk, high-reward exploratory cancer research across the research continuum. Investigators may focus on developing research methodologies, establishing feasibility, or leading pilot tests.

It is expected that preliminary data generated from a completed DBG will have the potential to secure additional grant funding to further the research and open new and highly innovative areas for investigation.


You are eligible to submit a proposal if you: 

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit in the state of Arizona
  • Have an independent faculty appointment

Grant Term and Budget

Discovery Boost Grants are funded up to $135,000 per year for up to 2 years, plus 10% indirect costs. The maximum allowable budget is $297,000 for a 2-year project period.