Funding Opportunities

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Seed Grant Program

2020 Request for Applications

Program Overview:

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (FPBCC) is soliciting applications for American Cancer Society-supported one-year seed grants of up to $50,000. The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) is a block grant that allows the FPBCC to give smaller awards to beginning independent investigators who have no current national peer-reviewed research grant support. This seed grant program is intended to support junior faculty in initiating cancer research projects so they can generate preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national funding in all areas of cancer research.


Application Deadline: Proposals are due on Friday, April 17, 2020, by 11:59 pm CT. Applications should be submitted to

Additional Information: For complete proposal guidelines and formatting instructions, see the program Request for Applications here:

FPBCC ACS IRG Seed Grant Program 2020 RFA

FPBCC ACS IRG Seed Grant Program Application Template: An application template with fillable forms is available here:

FPBCC ACS IRG Seed Grant Program 2020 RFA_Application template 

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Bridge Funding Program

This bridge funding mechanism is intended to provide interim support for Buffett Cancer Center Members with investigator-initiated, cancer-focused applications that were recently submitted to federal funding agencies and narrowly missed agency pay lines. The purpose of this program is to support the efforts necessary to produce additional data for promising cancer research projects, in order to strengthen related proposal resubmissions. To be considered for bridge funding, the existing application must have strong cancer relevance; basic, clinical, and population research projects are acceptable. The applicant must have received a peer review summary statement indicating high scientific merit. Applications for bridge funding for proposals that were not scored will not be accepted. Bridge funds of up to $25,000 may be requested from the Cancer Center; an accompanying commitment by the applicant’s home department and/or college to provide matching funds is required. Full details about this funding opportunity are available at the FOA link below.

Bridge Funding Opportunity Announcement