Illinois Cancer Health Equity Research (I-CHER) Center

The Illinois Cancer Health Equity Research (I-CHER) CenterĀ  is a solutions-oriented consortium of healthcare researchers and clinicians charged with improving outcomes in communities disproportionately affected by cancer.ICHERC-locations map


Maximize cancer health equity in racial, ethnic, and marginalized populations in Cook County, Illinois


  • Conduct research that is collaborative, solutions-based, and sustainable
  • Diversify the workforce

Our Funding

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded over $16 million in grants to establish Cancer Health Equity Research Centers (CHERC) at four Minority Service Institutions (MSI): University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Arizona; Morehouse School of Medicine; and Howard University. Each institution received a four-year grant of $4.08 million, beginning January 2022.

The goal of this grant is to implement solution-based research addressing cancer health disparities to help achieve health equity and reduce cancer mortality.

The I-CHER Center at the University of Illinois Chicago is funding six subaward projects to Research Scientists, Clinician Scientists, and a basic science lab postdoc fellow, plus 8 one-year pilot grant projects for early career faculty or postdoc fellows.

Learn about Projects

The I-CHER Center sits within the University of Illinois Cancer Center and is made possible with funding from both ACS and support from the cancer center.


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