ACS Young Investigator Awards

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For the ACS IRG Award

The Young Investigator Award, funded through the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Institutional Research Grant (IRG) sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Download the application for 2011

a. The purpose of the IRG is to provide awards for the initiation of promising new projects by junior faculty members (or their equivalent), so they can obtain preliminary results, which will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.

b. The grant will provide $30,000 per year for each of four junior faculty members. One of these awards will be a Special Interest Award in the areas of “psychosocial and behavioral research in underserved populations.”

c. Each of the awards will be for one (1) year only, and is not renewable. Priority will be given to projects that have a likelihood of future funding.

d. Each proposal must have a clearly identified mentor, a letter from the mentor stating their support for the project and how they mentor the applicant. A mentorship agreement needs to be signed (attached).

e. Projects must be completed on time; no-cost carry over may not be assumed. Thus, only projects ready to go will be considered.

Specific details of the application process follow and applications are appended to this notification. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek advice about applications to Dr. Shields, as early as possible.

For the ACS IRG Award:

  • Awards are for junior faculty only (usually Assistant Professor or equivalent), who are eligible to apply for independent national competitive research grants (e.g., NIH RO1 or an ACS project grant), but who do not currently hold such a grant.
  • Applicants must be on an independent investigator track or demonstrate clear independence from their mentors. Tenure-track faculty will be assumed to be on an independent investigator track. Research track faculty may be eligible for this award, but will need to demonstrate through their application and the mentor letter that there will be independent research and that the intent is for the applicant to achieve independence.
  • Applicants should be within six (6) years of their first independent research or faculty appointment.
  • Support of junior investigators who have received prior support from an IRG will not be considered.
  • The proposed research project must be cancer-related.
  • Applicants must be, at the time of the application, citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or its possessions or territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application. Permanent residents must submit, with the application, notarized evidence indicating that the candidate is in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card or has been approved for the issuance of such card as evidenced by an official passport stamp of the USIM and that the form number of the card is I-551.
  • Application limit is 6 pages, and must include abstract, background, specific aims, methods, including statistical analysis, significance, collaboration, explanation of how this work is conducted as an independent project and their mentoring relationship, career plans to independence and how this project will lead to future funding. Literature citations are not included in the page limit.
  • Application must include a strong letter from the mentor, stating his/her support, plans for mentoring during the projects, and acknowledgment that the mentor has reviewed and approved the proposal. It must be clearly stated that that the applicant will be independent for this project.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically as a single, low-resolution PDF file. Incomplete and non-electronic applications will be returned without scientific review. Assistance for assembling applications might be sought through programs or the grants office.

Please access the Lombardi Intranet for submission deadlines.