Research Scholar Grants

The Research Scholar Grant (RSG) supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. 

Who's Eligible (Updated Jan. 2021): Independent investigators in the first 8 years (previously 6 years) of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Eligibility is extended for 10 years (previously 8 years) for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care. Applicants typically must be within 14 years of receiving a terminal (doctorate) degree and cannot have more than one R01/R01-like grant (>$100,000/year direct costs for more than 3 years) as principal investigator at the time of application.  

See RSG Eligibility Flow Chart. 


All applications must fit into at least 1 of 6 research priority areas.

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Areas of Expanded Eligibility: In the Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program, RSG applicants may be at any stage in their career if they focus their project on either: 1) Health Policy/Health Services research or 2) Cancer Health Equity. 

Grant Term and Budget: Awards are for up to 4 years, for up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

Priority Area on Cancer Health Equity: For the RSG award in the Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program with a focus on health equity, the maximum award is for 4 years at up to $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Additionally, large multilevel studies that address cancer health equity may propose up to a maximum of 5 years and $200,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. 

Updated policies and instructions documents will be available in January.

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Access Electronic Grant Application Process at proposalCENTRAL