Discovery Boost Grants (DBG)

Funding Agency:
American Cancer Society

Discovery Boost Grants (DBG) support high-risk, high-reward exploratory cancer research across the research continuum. Investigators may focus on developing research methodologies, establishing feasibility, or leading pilot tests.

It is expected that preliminary data generated from a completed DBG will have the potential to secure additional grant funding to further the research and open new and highly innovative areas for investigation.

Deadlines: April 1 and October 15

Agency Website

Areas of Interest


Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to submit a proposal if you: 

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Have an independent faculty appointment



Amount Description

Awards are for up to 2 years with $100,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 1, 2024