Funding for Research Areas

The National Cancer Institute reports how appropriated funds are spent based on different categories or classifications, including specific cancer sites, cancer types, diseases related to cancer, as well as types of NCI research mechanisms. The table below identifies funding levels for frequently requested areas of cancer research. The research areas in this table do not represent the entire NCI research portfolio. Moreover, funding for research areas often overlap, and therefore the total for all research areas does not add to the total NCI budget. For example, funding for a clinical trial on breast cancer would be included in both the Breast Cancer and the Clinical Trials lines in the table below. Similarly, a basic cancer research project may be relevant to cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers, and relevant amounts would be included in the amounts for all three areas of cancer research.

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Funding by Research Areas
(Dollars in Millions)
Disease Area FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Total NCI Budget $5,058.1 $5,067.3 $4,789.0 $4,932.4 $4,952.6 $5,206.2
AIDS 270.0 271.7 261.6 269.2 269.7 266.4
Brain & CNS 172.6 177.5 176.8 180.4 202.1 196.3
Breast Cancer 625.1 602.9 559.2 528.5 543.7 519.9
Cervical Cancer 81.4 72.6 63.4 71.0 63.4 65.6
Clinical Trials 877.8 753.7 676.5 749.8 769.2 801.0
Colorectal Cancer 265.1 256.3 238.3 223.0 209.3 212.2
Head & Neck Cancers 61.8 71.1 57.6 57.1 60.5 58.9
Hodgkin Disease 13.4 15.6 14.5 15.4 13.6 12.8
Leukemia 227.0 234.7 234.9 236.7 246.9 241.0
Liver Cancer 66.2 64.6 64.0 60.0 70.3 75.7
Lung Cancer 296.8 315.1 285.9 254.1 256.2 283.8
Melanoma 115.6 121.2 122.5 126.2 132.8 142.9
Multiple Myeloma 54.9 61.3 45.4 46.6 48.9 52.1
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 126.4 119.5 113.7 118.0 122.4 116.7
Ovarian Cancer 110.8 111.7 100.6 91.5 92.8 95.6
Pancreatic Cancer 99.5 105.4 101.9 122.4 125.3 152.5
Prostate Cancer 288.3 265.1 255.6 217.8 228.9 241.0
Stomach Cancer 13.4 12.1 11.2 11.3 13.5 13.3
Uterine Cancer 15.9 19.1 17.8 15.5 13.0 16.8

The figures in this table were created using NCI's coding methodology. More information about this methodology, as well as the research projects associated with these and other disease area categories, are available on the NCI Funded Research Portfolio website.

FY 2016 funds available to the NCI totaled $4.952.6 billion, reflecting a increase of 5 percent, or $262.1 million from the previous fiscal year. Under the NCI RPG funding policy for FY 2016, non-competing grants were awarded at 100 percent of the committed level. For more information on NCI's grant funding policy, visit the NCI Division of Extramural Affairs website.

  • Posted: February 16, 2018