AACE Grants in Research, Education, Advocacy, and Direct Service (READS Grants Program)


The American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) funded READS grant program provides small grants to active AACE members in good standing who champion the highest standards for global cancer education through evidence-based practices to achieve quality outcomes. The grants are intended to assist AACE members in becoming more involved in research, education, teaching and advocacy as well as direct service on national and international levels.

  1. The focus of the submitted proposals should be to plan and execute community-based service initiatives or research, educational, or advocacy projects.
  2. The proposed projects are to be completed in one year with demonstrable outcomes such as an abstract, oral or poster presentation, or subsequent extra-mural grant. It is expected that at least one of these demonstrable outcomes will be through the AACE annual conference (the International Cancer Education Conference) and/or the Journal of Cancer Education.
  3. The ultimate goal is that these funded grants will culminate in the AACE member developing future projects, grants, or papers that would assist in development of his/her/their career.

Grant Eligibility

  1. AACE member in good standing.
  2. Proposed projects that are interdisciplinary or collaborative (combining the strengths of academia and community) are encouraged, but not required.
  3. Individuals may not receive more than two READS grants in a 5-year period and only one active READS grant at any given time.

READS Grant Amount

  1. Individual Grants - The READS grant amount awarded is up to $5,000.00 per project.
  2. Collaborative Grants - Collaborative grants involving independent grants from 1 or 2 other collaborators (total of 3 collaborators) and those including junior faculty will receive priority. These collaborative grants may involve 2-3 related projects or one larger project that integrates and requires 2-3 different perspectives/specialties such that a total of up to $10,000 would potentially be available. Collaborators must be from different departments/ areas of specialty and/or from the community. All collaborators must be active AACE members in good standing.

Grant Submission Deadlines

  1. The current cycle READS grant proposal requests for support were due 31 July 2023. (In general, READS grant proposals will be due in January and July of each year.) Grant submissions are now closed.
  2. Notification of grant review/approval status should occur within three months following the grants committee review. The required grant components are listed in the READS Grants Criteria.

Applications are currently closed.

READS Grant Recipients


  • Engaging Interprofessional Student Teams to Develop and Evaluate an Educational Resource for Cancer Caregivers, Renato V. Samala, MD, MHPE, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center ($5,000)


  • Association of neighborhood disadvantage and chronic stress with clinical outcomes and racial disparity in breast cancer, Jie Shen, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University ($5,000)
  • Building Capacity for Research and Care for Women Cancer Survivors in India, Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD, University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement
  • Development of Global Leadership in Cancer Education: A 1-year pilot leadership program for medical and allied healthcare professionals to train future innovative leaders in cancer education, Ewa Szumacher, MD, MEd, FRCP(C), FAACE, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement
  • Breast cancer patient and survivor support in Ethiopia: A community-based cancer education campaign and research to evaluate the effect of a psychosocial support group on quality of life, Breanne Lott, PhD, et al. University of Arizona ($10,000)


  • Implementation & Evaluation of a Clinical Research Mentorship Program (CRMP) for Oncology Trainees Through Distant-Learning, Mentorship and International Partnership, Rebecca Wong MBChB, MSc, FRCP et al., Princess Margaret Cancer Center and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement
  • Smoking Prevention Program, Łukasz Moskal, Wroclaw Medical University ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement
  • Exploring family physician training needs to improve cancer patient care, Marissa Sherwood MD, et al., Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement | Video Impact Statement


  • Focus Groups in India about Role of Education/Training on Cancer Prevention Uptake, Shine Chang PhD, et al., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ($5,000)
  • The Effects of a Residency Curriculum Change on Near-Peer Mentorship of Radiation Oncology Residents, David Mak MD, et al., Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto ($5,000) - Final Report Summary Statement | Video Impact Statement
  • Assessing the Comprehensive Needs of Informal Caregivers of Cancer Patients Toward the Development of a Skills Training Program, Meredith Giuliani MBBS, MEd, FRCPC, Janet Papadakos MEd, PhD, and Tina Papadakos MA(Ed), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network ($4,768) - Final Report Summary Statement | Video Impact Statement