The Need for Research Funding

As of July 2021, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has more than $384 million invested in 633 active research grants in the United States, with more than $13.8 million invested in 20 grants in the State of Michigan. Each year, a national two-tier peer review process is used to evaluate applications submitted for funding. However, the American Cancer Society typically can fund only 50% of the grants that make it through this process, leaving 50% of these outstanding grants unfunded due to limited resources. As a result, a significant number of potentially life-saving research ideas may not be pursued by promising investigators. These approved but unfunded applications are designated "pay-if", i.e. approved to pay only if funds become available. 

The Solution

Led by founding chair William Y. Campbell, the Michigan Cancer Research Fund ("MCRF" or "Fund") was established in 2008 by a group of cancer-concerned philanthropists to fund critical cancer research projects that would otherwise remain unfunded. The Fund is an initiative of the American Cancer Society. MCRF is administered and administratively supported by key executive staff of the North Central Region of the American Cancer Society, with MCRF Trustees providing both the funding and the research investment direction.

MCRF Trustees

MCRF Trustees make annual gifts of $10,000 in support of American Cancer Society approved but yet unfunded cancer research grants. They are uncompensated volunteers who, through MCRF, are provided the unique opportunity to actively participate in seeking a cure for cancer utilizing the resources of the American Cancer Society, the most respected cancer fighting organization in America. With their ongoing support, Trustees serve indefinitely.

Research Project Solution

MCRF Trustees are able to take advantage of the American Cancer Society's world-renowned peer-review process which evaluates the most innovative cancer research projects currently seeking funding. MCRF Trustees play a key role in selecting the projects funded each year. They have the opportunity to ask questions before selecting which projects to fund.