GW-American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Award

Request for Applications

The George Washington University Cancer Center (GWCC) American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS- IRG), with added support from the GWCC Katzen Center Research Fund, annually awards non-renewable pilot grants to three investigators for up to a maximum of $60,000 each for one year. This ACS IRG (IRG-22-973396) is an institutional award that enables GWCC to provide pilot research funding to beginning investigators who have not yet achieved independent funding at. the national level.

For additional information, please contact Pesha Rubinstein at (


The overall goal of this IRG program is to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects that lead to subsequent grant-funded programs. The foundation of this plan is a competitive pilot grant program with strong mentorship to build research networks, research skills and career development activities.

Investigators who have difficulty identifying and/or securing a GWCC mentor should contact the Program Directors Dr. Ed Seto at ( or Dr. Alison Hall at ( for assistance.

As part of their professional development, ACS-IRG awardees will be invited to serve on the ACS-IRG Local Review Committee after the conclusion of their award, where they will work with an Executive Committee member to review future ACS-IRG proposals.


  • Applicants should be Assistant Professors (or equivalent) with faculty appointments of six years or less, who are eligible to apply for independent national competitive (peer-reviewed) research grants, but who currently do not hold such funding.
  • At the time of the award, applicants must hold a regular GW faculty appointment, although they may be based at GW, Children’s National or the DC Veteran’s Administration.
  • Applicants are not required to be United States citizens but must hold a visa that will allow him or her to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the IRG pilot project.

Investigators already receiving support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Cancer Society (ACS) or other major organizations are not eligible. Holders of career development awards, such as the NIH K series (except K99/R00) are eligible.

Application Guidelines

These are internal awards and are NOT submitted through the Office of Sponsored Research.

Review the full instructions.

Please use the required application to complete the cover sheet and to submit all required applicant documents in one pdf.

Letters of support should be submitted separately by email to

The completed application must be submitted by 4:00 pm EST on the due date listed (March 15, 2023)

2023 ACS IRG Timeline

  • January 30, 2023: Call for Proposals
  • March 15, 2023: Application Due
  • April 15, 2023: Earliest Award Decision Date
  • July 1, 2023 Pilot Project Start Date

Funding for these grants is contingent upon approval by the American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society Awardee Policies.