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AICR's 2014 Grant Cycle

The deadline to submit an Investigator Initiated Grant Letter of Intent for the 2014 AICR Grant Cycle has passed.

Invitations from AICR for Full Applications will be issued by March 17, 2014.

Information about AICR’s priority areas of research interest, eligibility requirements, and instructions to applicants is available in the documents below.


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AICR Research Grant Program


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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Grant Program is dedicated to funding research on cancer prevention, treatment and survival through food, nutrition, physical activity and weight management (body fatness). The 2007 AICR/WCRF Second Expert Report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective identified 11 strategic research directions to build on the current base of knowledge in this area. These research directions aim to increase understanding of the cancer process, including cancer initiation, promotion, progression and metastasis, but also are often interdisciplinary and address issues that could help translate research into action to prevent cancer.

Research Directions from the AICR/WCRF Second Expert Report

The research directions from the Second Expert Report are intended for the research community at large. We hope that researchers will respond to these challenges and conduct high quality research in these areas. The WCRF global network through its grant programs aims to support research in some of these areas by funding the best applications as identified through our review process.

  • Strengthen the evidence for specific nutritional or physical activity exposures in relation to cancer
  • Examine effect sizes with respect to timing, dose and duration for exposures where strong evidence of a causal relationship exists
  • Evaluate effect modification by environmental and genetic factors on cancer risk
  • Investigate mechanisms that link foods and drinks, dietary constituents or other nutritional and physical activity factors to cancer risk
  • Identify and study genetic polymorphisms and nutritional exposures that influence gene expression and can be useful for understanding the relationship between nutrition or physical activity and cancer
  • Assess whether weight loss in overweight or obese people can reduce cancer risk
  • Identify and study the relevant milestones in the timing of growth and development that affect cancer risk and how they can be modified by food, nutrition and physical activity
  • Identify and evaluate methods to study factors related to food production, processing, preservation and cooking methods, which may affect cancer risk
  • Evaluate the effect of food, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on outcomes in cancer survivors
  • Evaluate differences in relationships between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer risk in various parts of the world
  • Examine how measures of food, nutrition, physical activity and body composition, in relation to cancer risk, can be improved.

AICR and WCRF International Research Grant Programs:

AICR accepts applications from anywhere in the Americas (North America, including the United States and Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America).

Applications for the WCRF International Grant Program will be accepted from anywhere in the world except the Americas. Details about the WCRF International program can be found at

Published on May 21, 2014

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