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AICR's 2014 Grant Cycle

The deadline to submit a Full Application for the 2014 AICR Grant Cycle has passed.

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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Grant Panel Members

AICR thanks the following individuals for serving on the 2014 AICR Grant Panel.

  Robert Chapkin, PhD (Chair) Texas A&M University
  Clinton Allred, PhD Texas A&M University
  Joshua Bomser, PhD The Ohio State University
  Scott Bultman, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  Lesley Butler, PhD University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
  Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  Richard Eckert, PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore
  Joanne Elena, PhD, MPH National Cancer Institute
  Terry Hartman, PhD, MPH, RD Emory University
  Christian Jobin, PhD University of Florida
  Tony Kong, PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  Johanna Lampe, PhD, RD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  Karen Mustian, PhD, MPH University of Rochester
  Kim Robien, PhD, RD The George Washington University
  Daniel Rosenberg, PhD University of Connecticut Health Center
  Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD University of Arizona
  Michael Wargovich, PhD The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


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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 November 19, 2014

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