Opportunities for Pilot Projects from American Cancer Society IRG Award

Pilot Grant Support: Cancer-Related Projects for Junior Faculty Investigators

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, with funds from its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, will provide seed money to foster cancer research by junior faculty who have no current national grant support of their own. Investigators in the CWRU School of Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine as well as in other schools and colleges affiliated with Case Western Reserve University are eligible. Grants, not to exceed $40,000, will be awarded to investigators who intend to gather preliminary data to be used in seeking future and independently funded programs. 

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center was also recently awarded a Diversity Equity and Inclusion supplement. Persons from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Award Description

  • Pilot funding for cancer-related research with a basic, clinical, prevention & control, behavioral, health services, or epidemiological focus
  • Up to $40,000 award
  • Grants will be awarded to junior investigators who intend to gather preliminary data to be used in seeking future and independently funded programs

Eligibility and Conditions

Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research associates, and instructors within another PI’s laboratory are not eligible to apply for these research grants. The subject of the proposed research must be directly related to cancer. The principal investigator must be a full-time member of the faculty within 6 years of their first full-time independent faculty appointment (or equivalent). The PI must be either a tenure-track Assistant Professor (CWRU/UH) or Assistant Staff (Cleveland Clinic).

  • The PI must be eligible to apply for independent nationally-competitive research grants, but may not hold a major cancer-related grant (eg. R00, R01, DOD Breakthrough Award).
  • Recipients of IRG pilot project grants are not required to be United States (U.S.) citizens. However, any applicant for IRG pilot project funding who is not a U.S. citizen must hold a visa that will allow the applicant to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the IRG pilot project. It is the responsibility of the institution to determine and document the visa status of any non-citizen recipient of IRG funds.
  • Investigators who are funded by the tobacco industry for any project, or whose named mentors in the case of mentored grants are funded by the tobacco industry for any project, may not apply and will not be eligible for American Cancer Society funding. Investigators who accept funding from the tobacco industry during the tenure of an American Cancer Society research or training grant will be immediately subject to termination of the ACS grant.


Letters of Intent: Monday, May 16, 2022
Full Applications: Monday, June 6, 2022

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Please contact casecccpilots@case.edu with any questions.