Federally Funded Cancer Research

Federal funding for cancer research has led to significant advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of patients. More than 14.5 million cancer survivors are alive in the United States today, largely because of the nation’s commitment to cancer research.

Despite this progress, federal funding for cancer research has remained flat for more than a decade, and has decreased when adjusted for inflation.

  • In inflation-adjusted dollars, the NIH budget was 23 percent lower in 2013 than it was a decade ago in 2003.
  • Inadequate funding for federal research has led to fewer clinical trial options for cancer patients. Patient enrollment in NIH’s Clinical Trials Network dropped from 29,000 in 2009 to 20,000 in 2013. 

ASCO is urging the federal government to take bold new action to ensure the pace of progress is not stalled.  Sustained funding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is critical to maintaining the pace of scientific discovery, continued progress against cancer, and the development and delivery of new cancer therapies for millions of current and future patients.

21st Century Cures Act – Promise for the Future of Federally Funded Cancer Research

In July 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which, if passed by the Senate, would advance big data and precision medicine and strengthens the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill also takes steps to give the FDA the resources needed to fully execute its mission and helps reverse years of stagnant funding that has eroded the NIH’s research funding capability. Find out more about this groundbreaking legislation.

For More information:

Federally Funded Cancer Research Educational Series

  1. Federally Funded Cancer Research: The Catalyst for Progress
    Against Cancer
  2. Federally Funded Cancer Research: The Politics and
    Process of Medical Research Funding
  3. Federally Funded Cancer Research: The Key Role of the National Cancer Institute
Visit CancerProgress.Net to learn about the last 50 years of progress against cancer.   Click the infographic above to view the devastating effect of stagnant budgets on cancer research.   Click on the Federally Funded Research Badge above to learn more about using this graphic in your presentations.