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American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG)

The Institutional Research Grant (IRG) is awarded by the American Cancer Society and distributed by Huntsman Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination. It offers opportunities to faculty who have yet to secure significant funding. Each award cycle, four selected applicants will receive $30,000.


  • Early career faculty members who are within the first six years of their appointment and who have not successfully earned a national funded grant. 
  • The project must be cancer focused, but can be from a broad set of disciplines including basic science, translational research, and population science.
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute membership or affiliation is not a requirement.


  • Use the NIH standard application form.
  • The local IRG review committee will evaluate for cancer relevance, investigator potential, feasibility of the experimental plan, and likelihood of leveraging the IRG award for extramural funding.  


  • Available in spring and due in 3-4 months.
  • Funding will be provided at the beginning of the year.