Funding Opportunities for our Partners

Successful competition for peer-reviewed funding requires good ideas, evidence of feasibility, and preliminary support for the hypothesis. Thus, funding for pilot projects is critical to the research mission. Increasingly, discovery requires collaboration, including across Centers. Moffitt supports numerous funding opportunities to enhance team science. Some of these opportunities are available to its partners. Currently, Moffitt supports the following pilot project program open to our partners:

  • ACS-IRG: Open to Moffitt, University of South Florida and Ponce School of Medicine

American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society –
Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG)

Fall 2018, Cycle 44 Pilot Project Grant Program
Submission Deadline: 4 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018

Moffitt Cancer Center is pleased to announce the 44th cycle of its ACS-IRG funded by the American Cancer Society.

Applicants may request up to $30,000 for a 12-month project. Current awardees may request a second year of funding (up to $30,000) as a competing renewal.

  • Is the proposal relevant to the goals of the ACS – is it cancer-related?
  • Does the proposal have scientific merit?
  • Is there potential that this ACS funding will lead to extramural funding?
  • Is the budget reasonable for the proposed work?
  • Can the work be completed in 12 months?

Only full-time faculty at the Assistant Members/Professors with no active peer-reviewed funding within six years of initial faculty appointment may apply.

Since 1993, the American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) has enabled the Moffitt Cancer Center (Moffitt) to fund the cancer-related pilot projects of over 125 junior investigators. The ACS-IRG is a unique source of funding entrusted to Moffitt that provides seed money for young investigators interested in cancer-related research. While the grant is administered at Moffitt, eligible applicants at Moffitt, the University of South Florida (USF) and the Ponce School of Medicine (PSM) may apply.

For additional information contact: Maureen Ahearn at 813-745-8824 or

ACS-IRG Guidelines | ACS-IRG Application


  •  FACCA – Collaborations with UF Health Cancer Center and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center