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AICR's 2016 Grant Cycle

Because of economic conditions, AICR’s available grant funding is severely limited. In response to this, AICR will not issue a call for applications for the 2015/2016 grant cycle. This decision has been made in order to give funding priority to pending grant applications from the current cycle that have not been awarded funds and are still under consideration by AICR.

Our expectation is that our next call for applications will be announced in late 2016. Detailed information about AICR’s priority areas of research interest and eligibility requirements will not be available until that time.

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Grant Panel Members

View the AICR 2015 Grant Application Review Panel.

AICR Research Grant Program

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 research directions to build on current knowledge in the area of food, nutrition, physical activity, body fatness and cancer. Those research directions were devised to increase understanding of the cancer process, from initiation to metastasis. They are often interdisciplinary and address issues that could help translate research into action to prevent cancer. They provide the basis for the research principles and themes for the AICR Grant Program, listed below.

AICR General Research Principles – Exposures and Outcomes of Interest

  • Novelty
    Applicants need to demonstrate they will carry out novel and original research.
  • Impact
    To have impact, funded research must contribute to a better understanding of the role of diet, nutrition (including body composition), and physical activity in cancer.
  • Relevant exposures
    Relevant exposures encompass both confirmed and possible cancer risk factors related to diet, nutrition (including body fatness), and physical activity. Exposures must be relevant to the usual human exposures.  Extreme or unusual exposures, for instance in dose or method of administration, will not be considered.
  • Cancer-related outcomes
    Outcomes should be well defined.  Relevant outcomes include specific cancer endpoints as well as recognized intermediate or surrogate markers of cancer risk, including mammographic density, colorectal adenomas, leukoplakia, inflammation or hormone levels.
  • Relevance to human cancer
    Studies must be justified in terms of their direct relevance to human cancer. Experimental designs outside in vivo human settings, such as the use of cell lines or animal models, will be considered for relevant studies that examine mechanistic pathways of the cancer process. The relevance to humans and to human cancer must be clearly explained in the application.
  • Appropriate study design
    The study design must be appropriate and able to answer the research question. Sufficient detail on the proposed study design must be provided, and any statistical methods must be described in sufficient detail, with power calculations provided. 

AICR Research Themes

  1. Address emerging exposure-outcome links relating diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity to cancer 
  2. Improve the characterization of existing exposure-outcome links relating diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity to cancer 
  3. Identify and characterize host factors/susceptibility that might explain variation in cancer risk or progression in response to diet, nutrition (including body composition) or physical activity
  4. Identify and characterize progression and outcome in cancer survivors in relation to diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity 
  5. Identify mechanisms that underpin links between diet, nutrition (including body composition), physical activity and cancer

Budget Information

  • Indirect costs cannot exceed 10% of total direct costs (including any indirect costs paid through subcontracts).
  • AICR follows NIH’s guidelines regarding limitations on salary (salary cap).

More information about AICR’s research principles, research themes, eligibility requirements, and instructions to applicants from the 2015 grant cycle is available for download in the PDF documents below.

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

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