The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Provides "Seed Money" to Support New Investigators

This is the 17th year of an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) that was awarded to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) to support promising new research by junior faculty members.

The principal investigator of the IRG is Tonya Webb, PhD., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The deadline for the ACS-IRG application is Tuesday, November 30, 2022 at 5 pm.

Investigator Eligibility

  • Only junior level faculty members are eligible for the ACS IRG. Junior investigators are faculty within 6 years of their first independent faculty appointment or equivalent (e.g., Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Research Assistant Professor). Investigators who have already received a peer-reviewed national research grant are not eligible to apply. NIH Career Development (K) awards do not count as peer-reviewed national research grants for this purpose. Investigators who have received prior support from the ACS Institutional Research Grant are not eligible.
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. If not a US Citizen, the applicant must have a VISA that will cover the time requirement to complete their project.
  • Non-faculty (e.g., residents, fellows) are not eligible.

Research Project Criteria

Applications are requested that focus on one of the two following themes:

  • Cancer-Related pilot projects are relevant to any aspect of basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. ($40,000 maximum per project for direct costs, indirect costs are not allowed.)
  • Cancer Health Disparities pilot projects focus on poor or under-served populations and address a variety of clinical, cancer control, behavioral, epidemiologic, health policy, health services, and basic science issues. ($40,000 maximum per project for direct costs, indirect costs are not allowed.)

Application Process

All applications must be submitted via the application portal:

Apply Here

For questions regarding this application, please contact:

Rita Stoffel
Senior Contracts & Grants Specialist
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Marlene & Stuart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center


  • The internal routing form must be included for committee review and signed by the PI.
  • Supporting documentation is not required; however should you want to add them (i.e., letters of support, photocopies of VISAS, Green cards, or progress notes), there is a place to upload them in the application portal as a separate combined pdf document.