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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Institutional Research Grants

Grant Overview

Institutional Research Grants are awarded to institutions as block grants, providing seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects.

The intent is to support these junior faculty in initiating cancer research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.

Eligibility of Administrative PI

You ARE eligible to submit a proposal as the IRG PI if you:

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Have attained the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor
  • Have a track record of mentoring junior investigators and publications
  • Have administrative/leadership experience, i.e., deputy director or director of a program, center, or department.

Required Institutional Infrastructure

  • US Institutions with a track record of cancer research
  • Pools of experienced cancer researchers and junior faculty

Grant Term and Budget

IRGs can fund up to 3 one-year pilot grants at $40,000 each. IRGs may propose to budget the annual costs ($120,000) to less than 3 one-year pilot grants if they choose to do so.