Programs and Funding
is the heart of the American Cancer Society (ACS). For more than 60
years, the Society has been finding answers that save lives – from changes in
lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improving cancer patients’
quality-of-life. No single nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization in
the US has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer than the American
Cancer Society. We relentlessly pursue the answers that help us understand how
to prevent, detect, and treat all cancer types. We combine the world’s best
and brightest researchers with the world’s largest, oldest, and most
effective community-based anti-cancer organization to put answers into
Society's comprehensive research program consists of extramural grants, as
well as intramural research programs.
Extramural Grants department reviews and administers both Research Grants and
Health Professional Training Grants (HPTGs). HPTGs include both grants and
scholarships awarded to nurses, physicians, and oncology social work
professionals. As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of
funds for scientists studying cancer, the American Cancer Society
focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals.
Extramural Grant department is headed by David Ringer, PhD, MPH, National
Vice President and Extramural Grants.
Intramural Research department is comprised of six programs: Epidemiology, Surveillance Research, Health Services Research, International Tobacco Control Research, the Behavioral Research Center (BRC), and the Statistics and Evaluation Center (SEC). All intramural department staff conducts applied cancer research in-house. Click the links below to learn more about each of the six programs.
The Intramural Research department is headed by Elizabeth Ward, PhD, National Vice President and Intramural Research.