American Cancer Society Seed Grant Program


The UCI Cancer Research Institute is pleased to announce that funds are available through the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. This institutional grant will fund several proposals for one year at a level up to $45,000 per award.   All eligible faculty from each school at the University of California, Irvine are encouraged to apply, so long as the proposal has a clear link to some aspect of cancer research.  The purpose of the seed grants is to provide pilot funds for Research in both basic and clinical cancer-related problems.


Investigators within the first SIX years of their first independent faculty position and in the following series are eligible: In Line, In Residence, Adjunct, Clinical-X, Clinical and Researcher.  .Awardees may not hold a competitive grant from a national agency (e.g. NIH, ACS etc.) or be a previous recipient of an ACS-IRG seed grant.  Investigators who hold funds from the UCRI Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) or any award where the majority of the funds are for the express purpose of supporting the investigator’s salary (such as the NIH K series) are eligible. Investigators whose initial nationally competitive research grant was not renewed are also eligible as long as other criteria are met and that they are not in a no cost extension. Cancer Center membership is not required.  US citizenship or Permanent Residency Status is required. Questions regarding these criteria should be forwarded to Edward Nelson and


The purpose of these research grants is to provide seed money for eligible faculty in the area of cancer research.  Research in both basic and clinical cancer –related problems will be supported. It is expected that this seed money will allow for the development of nationally competitive proposals for peer-reviewed funding.


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