ACS Pilot Opportunity

The national chapter of the American Cancer Society has awarded Boston University a three-year Institutional Research Grant to encourage new investigators by providing pilot funds for cancer research.  These funds will make it possible for investigators to complete promising new projects and/or pursue novel ideas that will provide preliminary data for future grant applications from other agencies and programs. Three one-year awards of 30,000 each will be given.  Research topics may include basic biomedical research, translational, clinical, population-based, psychosocial, or epidemiologic cancer research.  Applications in the field of biomedical engineering are welcome.

While previous ACS grant recipients may apply for funding for the continuation of a previously funded project, the majority of awards will be made to investigators who have not received prior ACS pilot grant support. Funds may not be requested to cover anticipated gaps in funding.  Current ACS pilot grant recipients who apply for additional (Year 2) funds will be largely evaluated on their productivity during the prior award period.

Applications will be awarded competitively based on criteria described in the application forms.

  • Applicants must have an appointment as Instructor or Assistant Professor.
  • Applicants must be within the first six years of their independent faculty (or equivalent) appointment.
  • Applicants may not have active national funding including NIH, NSF, and ACS.
  • Senior investigators, postdoctoral fellows and research associates are NOT eligible to apply.
  • It is expected that projects funded through this program will lead to publications and future funding from other sources; any publications arising from the project funded through this program must acknowledge the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants program.

Contact Erin McCarthy with any questions.