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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Health Equity Research in Cancer Control and Prevention


The ACS Extramural Discovery Science Department identifies research addressing cancer health equity (see policies for the ACS definition) and health disparities as a priority within the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. This includes research:

  1. To understand, identify, and/or define modifiable and unjust factors that contribute to or sustain inequity (e.g. resources, access to care, behaviors, quality of care); and
  2. That leads to a sustained reduction in disparities and/or equitable outcomes in cancer.

Applications using one of the following mechanisms will be accepted; unless specified otherwise, eligibility is unchanged:

  • Research Scholar Grant (applicants may be at any career stage)
  • Clinician Scientist Development Grant
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Clinical Research Professor Award

All applicants must explicitly specify the following within the application:

  • Relevance to cancer generally and cancer disparities specifically;
  • How findings from the proposed research will substantially improve equity in access to cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and/or treatment services; and
  • How findings may be applied to more quickly advance efforts to reduce cancer burden or costs, improve quality of care or quality of life, and/or save more lives. 

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