American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research (ACS IRG) Grant is an Institutional grant awarded by the American Cancer Society to increase the base of cancer-relevant research at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Junior faculty members within six years of their first independent faculty appointment in any School and College at UNM are eligible to receive research support through the ACS IRG. Applicant cannot have received any national, peer-reviewed R01- or K99/00-level funding for their cancer-related research program. Eligibility is not affected by prior internal or regional research awards. Recipients of IRG pilot project grants must be, at the time of the application, United States citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

The ACS IRG offers two categories in which applicants may apply. 

Research Awards

Awards of up to $30,000 for one year are allocated to excellent basic, translational, clinical and population-based research proposals that have the potential to advance our understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer and also to advance the career of the recipient. A total of $60,000 is available each year for all areas of cancer research.

Questions? Please Email:

Dr. Michelle Ozbun

Erin Fitzgerald

Application due date is February 1.

Special Interest Awards

One award of $30,000 is set aside each year specifically for behavioral, psychosocial and interventional research proposals that particularly address the special needs of New Mexico's populations in areas of cancer control, prevention, support and management.