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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To my U.S. Senators: Increase funding for cancer research

Millions of cancer patients and survivors are alive today thanks to previous investments in cancer research. Ask the Senate to support a strong increase in funding for cancer research and lifesaving cancer prevention programs.

Latest Updates

August 16, 2019

BOISE, Idaho – August 16, 2019 – Cancer patients, their families and state policymakers are coming together at the State Capitol in Boise on Saturday, August 17, 2019, to decorate Lights of Hope bags that will stay lit overnight, spelling the word HOPE on the steps of the State Capitol

July 20, 2019

ACS CAN attended Congressman Anthony Brown ‘s Health Fair. and provided information to the community about the need to increase cancer research funding. We appreciate Congressman Brown's support of cancer-related issues and other health issues in his District.

June 19, 2019

Today the U.S. House is poised to pass an FY 2020 spending bill that includes a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including a $300 million funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

May 10, 2019

The vote reaffirms the importance of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

Congress should continue its bipartisan commitment and capitalize on the prior investments in medical research by ensuring that commitment continues this year by approving at least a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.

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.