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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New proposal could lead to big cuts in cancer research funding

Ask Congress to reject any cuts and support increased funding for cancer and medical research.

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Cancer Candor Blog
March 24, 2018
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Three years ago, ACS CAN launched the One Degree campaign, calling on Congress to increase federal funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, including $1 billion for cancer-specific research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It was a lofty goal – but an important one to reverse too many years of flat or reduced funding.

March 23, 2018

The U.S. Senate just passed the STAR Act, a bipartisan bill that lays the groundwork for new breakthroughs in researching and treating childhood cancer.

March 23, 2018

In 2015, ACS CAN launched the One Degree campaign and called on Congress to increase cancer research funding by $1 billion. Now, after three years of hard work by ACS CAN volunteers, that ambitious goal has been reached. Congress just passed the federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year and

March 22, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an FY 18 federal budget, which includes; a $3 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest such funding increase in 15 years; and a $275 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

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.