Research Scholar Grants

Grant Overview

Research Scholar Grants (RSG) provide support for independent, self-directed researchers and clinician scientists, who are investigators licensed to provide patient care and trained to conduct research. 

Applicants' institutions must provide space and other resources customary for independent investigators.

Grant proposals are investigator-initiated and may pursue questions across the cancer research continuum, as long as they fit within an American Cancer Society (ACS) priority research area.

These grants typically contribute to the cost of salaries, consumable supplies, and other miscellaneous items required in the research.  

ELIGIBILITY

Focus A: Any American Cancer Society priority research area 

You ARE eligible to submit a proposal if you:

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Were first appointed as independent, full-time faculty LESS than 10 years ago*
  • Are the PI on NO MORE than 1 R01 or R01-equivalent grant at the time of application

Focus B: Achieving Cancer Health Equity OR Health Policy/Health Services Research (in the Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program)

You ARE eligible to submit a proposal if you:

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Are at any stage of your faculty career 
  • Have any amount of funding

GRANT TERM AND BUDGET

Most awards are for up to 4 years with up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

For large, multilevel studies on Cancer Health Equity, applicants may propose up to 5 years with up to $200,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs. See All Grant Policies below for more information about large multilevel studies.

Applicants should review the American Cancer Society’s Grant Policies and the instructions about the RSG.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

April 1 and October 15. For more dates, see All Grant Application Deadlines.

* To ask about exemptions due to personal or professional leave, at least 6 weeks before the application deadline, send your questions to grant.eligibility@cancer.org

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