Our research goal is simple — find answers that help save lives.
Our strategy for funding research is just as straightforward — fund the best science — and that's what our extensive scientific peer-review process ensures.
This strategy and process has helped support numerous important discoveries and some of the brightest researchers, including 50 Nobel Prize winners to date.
Get answers to questions you have about grants from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
ACS has a variety of research grant mechanisms to fund science across the cancer continuum.
Potential grantees fill out applications in ProposalCentral.
Make sure to include contact information for yourself, the institution official, technology transfer officer, and the department head.
The Scientific Directors distribute applications to the most appropriate peer review committee and then assign each application to at least 2 committee members for independent and confidential review.
Each has 12 to 25 members who are leaders in their areas of expertise, plus up to 3 other stakeholders.
Committees discuss and vote to prioritize the most competitive applications and give their recommendations, along with critiques of the applications and fundable scores, to the Council for Extramural Research.
Each grant cycle, the Council makes final recommendations for funding.
About 1 month after submitting an application, applicants will receive an email with an application number and names of their Scientific Director and Peer Review Committee.
About 4 months after submitting, applications will have been reviewed and applicants will receive preliminary emails about their project's status
In March and September, final funding decisions are made.
Applications that are not funded may be revised and resubmitted either once or twice, depending on the grant mechanism.
See Grant Policies to learn when resubmissions are acceptable. (Check the table of contents for Peer Review of Applications. For specific grant mechanisms, go to your grant mechanism on the table of contents, then look for Resubmission of Unfunded Applications. For IRGs, see Eligible Institutions and Institutional Responsibilities.
We use ProposalCentral’s post-award management system for the administration process of American Cancer Society (ACS) research grants.
The site houses all reports, change requests, and correspondence about a grant and is accessible to both ACS program staff and grantees.
Grant recipients use ProposalCentral to: