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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Institutional Research Grant (IRG) Program

Sutcliffe laboratory © UC RegentsThe Institutional Research Grant (IRG) program is made possible by funds awarded competitively by the American Cancer Society with additional funds provided by the Associate Dean for Research, UC Davis School of Medicine.  The Principal Investigator is Primo Lara, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine. 

Institutional Research Grants serve as seed money for promising new projects or novel investigations from junior faculty such as assistant-level professors, researchers with adjunct appointments at the assistant level, or those in research series, or even to associate level faculty who meet additional requirements. Applicants must be within seven years of their initial academic appointment.  Applications from eligible faculty in any school or college are welcome and applications in any area of cancer-related research – from basic science to clinical research to psychosocial research – are appropriate.

Investigators who have an active national peer-reviewed research grant are not eligible.  Applicants can have one prior IRG award from UC Davis or from another institution.  The short proposal is usually due in the fall with funding beginning the following year.  Maximum funding is currently $40,000 for a one-year project.  Award decisions are made intramurally by a committee of UC Davis faculty.  Because awards are intramural, they are not processed through Sponsored Programs at the School of Medicine or through the Office of Research.

Questions may be directed to

To be advised of the next IRG call, send an email to and request that your email address be added to the Cancer Center research list server.