The Cancer Center, through an award from the American Cancer Society called the Institutional Research Grant (IRG), provides up to $20,000 for beginning cancer research projects from junior faculty. Allocations are made by the IRG Committee after a competitive review of each application. The Dean, School of Medicine, has matched the Society grant with $25,000 per year. The match provides for additional awards, not increased funding of individual awards. Typically, about 30% of the applications receive funding.

The purpose of the IRG award is to serve as "seed" money for initiation of promising new projects or novel investigations from junior faculty (assistant-level professors or researchers including adjunct appointments). Investigators who currently have a competitive national research grant or who have received prior support from the IRG Program are NOT eligible to apply. Previous, unsuccessful applicants to the IRG are encouraged to revise their applications and reapply.

Quite a few IRG awardees have used results from their projects to compete successfully for national funding. If you mentor young investigators in cancer-related areas, your encouragement of an IRG application would be most appropriate.

Applications are available after September 1 of each year, providing about 10 weeks of lead time for submission. Awards are usually announced in late February and funded projects will generally start March 1. Projects in any area of cancer research: basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, etc., will be considered.

Application forms and instructions can be obtained from Ellen Picht, Cancer Center Administration. Requests to Ms. Picht may be made by telephone (916-734-5807), by e-mail (, or by facsimile (916-451-4464). Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Gandara (916-734-8641 or, or to Joel Kugelmass, Cancer Center analyst (916-734-5818 or