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ACS seeks applications for health equity grants; letters of intent due before June 16

This new program will fund Cancer Health Equity Research Centers at minority serving institutions.

The American Cancer Society is deeply committed to addressing the complex societal factors – such as racism, discrimination, and poverty – that prevent all people from having a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Now, we’re launching a new competitive grant program to help minority serving institutions target cancer health disparities unique to a local community. 

This funding is intended to support the formation of new Cancer Health Equity Research Centers (CHERCs) at minority serving institutions. To be considered a minority serving institution, at least 25-50% of a college or university’s enrollment should be comprised of a single or combination of racial or ethnic minorities, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Universities, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The grants will help stimulate novel collaborations and approaches to mitigate societal risk factors, contributing to our goals for achieving health equity and reducing cancer mortality. 

Visit to learn more about the program and share with your fellow volunteers and supporters yet another way ACS is innovating to reduce disparities and move closer to health equity. 

Important dates 

Letters of intent are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15, 2021. Those letters will be used for selecting investigators to submit a full application. An independent and competitive peer review of grant applications will be conducted in October 2021, and awardees will be notified on Oct. 27, 2021.

Potential applicants can learn more by attending a 2 p.m. ET Microsoft Teams meeting on May 20. It will be recorded.

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