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.  

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Ask Congress to increase federal funding for cancer research and prevention

Federal funding has played a role in virtually every major advancement in the fight against cancer. That's why the research undertaken by the NIH and NCI is so important in our fight against this deadly disease. 

Latest Updates

August 9, 2018

ACS CAN’s How Do You Measure Up? Repor t grades each state on where they stand on the issues that play a critical role in preventing cancer and improving cancer patients’ access to health care.

August 7, 2018

LAKE NONA, Fla. —Aug. 7, 2018— More than 50 people attended today’s Florida Policy Forum on Clinical Trials hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The event brought together Florida research experts, government officials, patients and leaders from the cancer community to raise awareness about clinical

July 12, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2019 spending bill including a $1.25 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a $171 million funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The bill also preserves funding for the CDC and Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

July 2, 2018

Help our state meet our challenge to send 1,000 Lights of Hope Bags to the Nation’s Capitol by making a donation in honor of or in memory of a loved one. What is Lights of HOPE? The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be honoring those who

Cancer Research Funding Resources

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. Today, that program is making remarkable progress in every area of discovery to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care.