American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS-IRG)

The Washington University ACS-IRG annually awards up to four investigators a maximum of $30,000 for one year, non-renewable. These grants are designed to support the development of beginning investigators who have no national peer-reviewed research grant support. The program supports junior faculty conducting cancer research pilot projects to obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. Investigators already receiving support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)*, National Science Foundation (NSF), American Cancer Society (ACS) or other major organizations are not eligible.

*As long as the applicant meets all other criteria, holders of personnel awards such as the NIH K series (except K99/R00), are eligible to receive pilot project money from the IRG.

The 2021 ACS-IRG funding timeline has concluded. Please see the news release for more information about the funded investigators and their pilot projects that will begin in 2022.

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2022 ACS-IRG Timeline

August 2022 – Call for proposals

If you are interested in learning more about the application process, please reach out to Steve Baer at