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College of Pharmacy

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG)

Dr. Charles L. Bennett from the College of Pharmacy (COP) is the recipient of the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). The ACS IRG is an institutional award that enables USC to provide small pilot research grants to beginning investigators in cancer research who have no national competitive research grant support. Awards will be up to $30,000 per year. The review of applications and allocation of awards will be managed through the College of Pharmacy  using a peer-review process.

Purpose of the American Cancer Society (ACS) IRG

The goal of the ACS IRG is to attract beginning investigators into cancer research. The purpose is to support the initiation of promising new cancer research projects by independent, self-directed junior faculty members  so they can obtain data that will allow them to successfully compete for peer-reviewed extramural cancer research grants.  The College of Pharmacy collaborates with the local ACS to promote ACS research opportunities and to disseminate information about research findings and benefits to public and professional groups. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the individual awards:

  • Must be within six (6) years of their first independent research or faculty appointment at any University of South Carolina campus. Non-clinical, research adjunct faculty and/or Veterans Administration clinicians are eligible to apply. (Support of senior investigators, postdoctoral fellows or junior investigators who have received prior support from the ACS IRG are not permitted).
  • Must not be a Principal Investigator any national peer-reviewed grant funding prior to IRG award (e.g., NIH K99/R00, R03, R01, R21, National ACS award, National DOD award etc). Individuals with career development awards (NIH K awards and other career development awards from national foundations) are eligible.
  • Individuals who have received national peer-reviewed research grants that were not renewed and who are still at the level of assistant professor may apply for an individual IRG—provided they are within the first six years of their independent faculty (or equivalent) appointment and have not received funds from the ACS IRG before.
  • Parties that have previously received this reward are not eligible and therefore should not apply for this grant.
  • Applicants must at the time of the application have U.S. residency status or hold a visa that will allow time for full completion of the project.
  • Must be a faculty member at any campus of the University of South Carolina (tenure-track, clinical, and research faculty).

Download ACS IRG application instructions here.

Download ACS IRG application form here.

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