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American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (IRG) Funding Opportunity

Description of Program

Applications are being solicited for support by the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (IRG). These funds are designed to provide seed money to support junior faculty members with an interest in cancer research who do not have external grant support. The ACS defines junior faculty as investigators at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent who are eligible to apply as a principal investigator for grant support from national agencies (e.g., NIH, ACS, NSF). New ACS guidelines allow IRG support to be renewed if the review committee feels that sufficient progress has been made toward the project goals. Eligible investigators must be within six (6) years of their first independent faculty appointment. (See application instructions for additional eligibility criteria.)

Special Interests awards are available for faculty members with an interest in the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of cancer and are encouraged to apply.

Funds are available to faculty from all schools at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Individual allocations are limited to a maximum of $30,000. The earliest possible start date for this funding cycle will be December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017.

Deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Application Form and Instructions

Please submit a single PDF containing all documentation through the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal. A link to the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal can also be found at the top right hand corner of the VICC Funding Opportunities web page (

For further information, please contact Allison Bowen (