OSP FO# 11-237

AGENCY: American Cancer Society (ACS)

PROGRAM: Research Scholar Grants

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to gifted, innovative investigators engaged in a broad spectrum of cancer research through the following granting mechanisms:

(1) Research Scholar Grants for Investigator-Initiated Research in a variety of cancer-relevant areas:

(2) Research Scholar Grants in the Priority Program in Cancer Control: psychosocial, behavioral, health policy or health services research

(3) Institutional Research Grants – these awards provide block grants to institutions as seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate research projects. Applications for this program are accepted only for the April 1 deadline.

Please see the program announcement for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Individuals making an initial application for a Research Scholar Grant must not have held an independent position for more than six years at the time the application is submitted, and must have less than 12 years of research experience beyond their terminal degree. Moreover, no more than six years of postdoctoral research experience is considered training, so that the first year of eligibility is considered to begin at the end of the sixth year of postdoctoral appointments. In addition, an applicant cannot be the principal investigator on more than one Research Scholar Grant. Applications will not be accepted from individuals who, at the time of application, have been awarded more than one nationally peer reviewed research grant (R01-type).

The only exception is in the Priority Program in Cancer Control: research studies in psychosocial, behavioral, health policy or health services research studies that address cancer health disparities. In this case, investigators can be at any stage of their career with any level of prior funding.

DEADLINES: October 15, 2011 and April 1, 2012. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the following business day (October 17, 2011 and April 2, 2012).

FUNDING INFORMATION: Research Scholar Grants for Basic, Preclinical, Clinical and Epidemiology Research; Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control: Psychosocial and Behavioral Research; and Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control: Health Services and Health Policy and Outcomes Research provide up to $200,000 a year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs, for a period of up to four years.

Applications in population-based psychosocial or behavioral studies may request awards up to a maximum of 5 years and $400,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

Institutional Research Grants award $120,000 per year for up to three years.

AGENCY CONTACT:
American Cancer Society, Inc.
National Home Office
Extramural Grants Department
250 William Street, NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1002
Telephone: (404) 329-7558
Fax: (404) 417-5974
Email grants@cancer.org
Web: http://www.cancer.org/Research/ResearchProgramsFunding/FundingOpportunities/index

REMARKS: Applicants must submit both paper copies and an electronic copy using the ACS electronic application submission site, ProposalCENTRAL (https://proposalcentral.altum.com/). Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the ProposalCENTRAL system. Beginning with the October 15, 2011 submission deadline, the American Cancer Society has modified the application format for Research Scholar Grants (RSG) to reflect the new, 12-page R01 format instituted by the NIH several years ago. Page limits, formatting, etc. will follow the NIH style.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.