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  • Updated: 02/07/2014

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NCI's Cancer Research Partnerships

NCI builds partnerships in the public and private sectors. We value collaborations with private companies, philanthropic groups, and advocacy organizations on the leading edge of science, technology, and community networking.  Examples of these collaborations include grants, contracts, formal partnerships, advocate involvement, and clinical trials conducted in communities throughout the United States and around the world. Through productive collaborations with multiple partners, we can make progress that benefits patients and their families.

NCI’s Cancer Centers Program
NCI-designated cancer centers around the country conduct transdisciplinary cancer research to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.

National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN)
NCTN is a state-of-the-art clinical trials infrastructure that includes five U.S. Network groups and the Canadian Collaborating Clinical Trials Network. The NCTN encourages collaboration and shared resources and offers access to NCI treatment, screening, and diagnosis trials at over 3,000 clinical trial sites.

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
NCORP is a community-based program that brings cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research to individuals in their own communities, thereby generating a broadly applicable evidence base that contributes to improved patient outcomes and a reduction in cancer disparities.

National Outreach Network (NON)
NON connects outreach and community education efforts with cancer health disparities research and training programs. NON was developed to provide outreach and education to underrepresented and at-risk communities; it also provides information on clinical research and specimen collections. Each grantee site has a Community Health Educator (CHE) who works as a liaison among the researchers, partners, and community to address needs and disseminate culturally tailored cancer information.

Community Networks Program (CNP)
CNP ensures that communities and populations that experience a disproportionate share of the cancer burden have the resources to address cancer disparities through community-based participatory research, education, and training.

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs)
SPOREs focus on a specific organ site. These specialized centers are sponsored by an NCI center grant that promotes interdisciplinary research with the goal of moving basic research findings from the laboratory to clinical settings, involving both cancer patients and populations at risk for cancer.


CGH strives to advance global cancer research, build capacity, and leverage resources across nations.