American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, 2012 Guidelines

Applications are being accepted for awards from the Washington University Institutional Research Grant from the American Cancer Society. Applications for the current cycle must be submitted by 4:00 pm October 15, 2012.

The purpose of this program is to support junior faculty in initiating cancer-related research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. It is anticipated that applications will be reviewed in early December.

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Washington University Instructors and Assistant Professors within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment are eligible to apply for awards. Postdoctoral fellows and more senior faculty, individuals who have previously received this award, and individuals who already have national, competitive research funding (including R01s, R03s and R21s, NSF, American Cancer Society or Veteran’s Administration funding) are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or have proof of permanent residency at the time of application. A letter from the department chairman regarding the independence of the investigator is required as well as a letter from a mentor describing a planned career development path for the applicant. Applicants who have difficulty identifying and/or securing a mentor should contact Dr. Jason Weber, Washington University School of Medicine, ACS-IRG Program Director, for assistance.

 Washington University Instructors and Assistant Professors within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment are eligible to apply for awards. Postdoctoral fellows and more senior faculty, individuals who have previously received this award, and individuals who already have national, competitive research funding (including R01s, R03s and R21s, NSF, American Cancer Society or Veteran’s Administration funding) are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or have proof of permanent residency at the time of application. A letter from the department chairman regarding the independence of the investigator is required as well as a letter from a mentor describing a planned career development path for the applicant. Applicants who have difficulty identifying and/or securing a mentor should contact Dr. Jason Weber, Washington University School of Medicine, ACS-IRG Program Director, for assistance.

PROJECT PERIOD: January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

AWARD AMOUNT: Maximum award amount is $30,000 direct costs only for one year (no renewals/continuations allowed.) The ACS-IRG Review Committee may select up to four projects to receive awards.

Studies involving human subjects:  All cancer-related research involving human subjects, and thus needing approval by the Washington University Human Subjects Protection Office (HRPO), must first be reviewed and approved by the Siteman Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC). Approval by the PRMC and HRPO must be obtained before any of the awarded funds will be made available and before the research can commence. It should be noted that the proposal submitted to the ACS-IRG Review Committee might not in itself provide sufficient information for PRMC review.

Investigators are strongly advised to contact the PRMC Office several weeks prior to the ACS-IRG application due date.  The human subjects protocol must be submitted to PRMC prior to October 14, 2011 or the pilot project application will not be considered for review by the committee.  

It is particularly important that the objectives and specific aims of the proposed research be consistent with the experimental work that actually can be accomplished with the funding requested via this support mechanism. Regardless of delays incurred due to the PRMC/HRPO review process, there will be no extensions made on the terms of the grant.

APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES:

Applications are submitted via the on-line Siteman Cancer Center grant application system http://www2.siteman.wustl.edu/grantsubmission/Home.aspx 
ACS-IRG pilot project applications do not need to be submitted to the WU Office of Sponsored Research Services.
Application forms may be obtained directly from the SCC office of Research & Administration.  To obtain forms and for questions regarding the application forms and guidelines, please contact:
Christine Nolan
Siteman Cancer Center
nolanc1@wudosis.wustl.edu454-8132

The Washington University American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant Program Director may also be contacted.

Jason Weber, PhD, Associate Professor
Program Director, ACS-IRG
Department of Medicine
jweber@dom.wustl.edu