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AICR's 2015 Grant Cycle

 December 15, 2014  Application period opens for Investigator-Initiated Grants
 January 26, 2015  Deadline for Letters of Intent to be submitted
 March 16, 2015  Invitation from AICR for online Full Applications
 May 11, 2015  Deadline for Full Applications to be submitted

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


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Grant Panel Members

AICR is honored that the following individuals have agreed to serve on the AICR 2015 Grant Application Review Panel:

Robert Chapkin, PhD (Chair) Texas A&M University
Johanna Lampe, PhD, RD (Vice-Chair) Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Scott Bultman, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lesley Butler, PhD University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Cindy Davis, PhD National Institutes of Health
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried PhD, RD University of Alabama at Birmingham
Richard Eckert, PhD University of Maryland School of Medicine
Terryl Hartman PhD, MPH, RD Emory University
A. –N. Tony Kong, PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, FAND The George Washington University
Daniel Rosenberg, PhD University of Connecticut Health Center
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Stephanie Smith-Warner, PhD Harvard University
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD University of Arizona
Michael Wargovich, PhD The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
JoEllen Welsh, PhD University at Albany

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).

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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