Cancer Research Funding


Cancer research saves lives.   

Every new breakthrough in freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer - from new cures to innovative ways to prevent and treat the disease - have one thing in common; the research was in some way funded by the federal government's National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.   

Yet, when adjusting for inflation, federal funding for cancer research has seen huge cuts over the last decade. Increasing funding for cancer research must be a top budget priority for Congress.  

Take Action

Stand against the White House budget proposal that cuts nearly $1 billion in cancer research

Send a message to your Members of Congress making it clear that these devastating cuts to cancer research are absolutely not acceptable.  It only takes one minute using our easy action form.

Latest Updates

April 21, 2017

ACS CAN Virginia Cancer Research Breakfast Make plans to join us in Charlottesville on June 22 to hear about the groundbreaking cancer research being conducted in Virginia! Attendees will hear from guest speakers from across Virginia who will be discussing their work. Guest speakers include-- Dr. Thomas Loughran--Director, University

April 6, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – April 4, 2017. Cancer patients, survivors and their families from throughout California gathered at the Capitol today. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) annual Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol assembled a large cadre of cancer advocates who urged lawmakers to make fighting

March 16, 2017

The president introduced a proposed FY 2018 budget today that includes deep cuts to medical research. If approved by Congress, the cuts would represent 19 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) total budget and would likely result in a $1 billion cut to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

February 28, 2017

Changing the nation’s health care system is likely to feature prominently in the president’s speech to Congress. As the president accurately stated yesterday, health care in this country is incredibly complicated and interconnected. Any future changes require careful consideration and should preserve patient protections and access to meaningful, affordable health insurance.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

Why do we ask you to take action so many times on the same issue? Watch this fun animated video that explains Congress's complex budget process.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national  cancer research program and support research in every state.