Funding Opportunities

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania provides research project grants to initiate promising new cancer research projects.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Project Program 2019

Support for these pilot grants comes from an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). Projects that have relevance across multiple types of cancer are encouraged. Proposals that span basic, translational, clinical, or population science research are welcome. The objective of these grants is to facilitate the collection of preliminary data, which will enable the successful competition for national, peer-reviewed research grants.

  • Three ACS IRG pilots will be awarded in the amount of $30,000 each to junior faculty members
  • Mentors: All ACS IRG applicants must identify and provide their mentor's NIH Biosketch and a brief statement describing the mentor's supervisory experience.
  • Funding Level: Covered costs include $30,000 per project, direct costs only, such as laboratory personnel costs (non-faculty), data management or research nursing support, laboratory supplies, animals, and small equipment; no travel or patient costs are allowed.
  • Project Period: July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Projects must have all necessary certifications before study activation.


  • Junior-level faculty members (Assistant Professor or equivalent within six years of initial faculty appointment) who do not currently hold nationally peer-reviewed funding are eligible
  • Citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents of the United States and its possessions or territories are eligible
  • CHOP-based faculty members are eligible
  • Non-faculty (e.g., residents, fellows, instructors) are not eligible
  • Past recipients of an ACS IRG Pilot Project are not eligible



Cecilia Scavelli
Associate Director for Research Administration
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania