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NCI Funding Trends

Funding amounts and percentages reflect actual obligations for each fiscal year.

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NCI Funding

Funding, FY 2015-2019
(Dollars in Millions)
Mechanism 2015 2016 2017 2018** 2019**
*Other mechanisms includes Research Career Program Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, Buildings & Facilities.
**Includes Cancer Moonshot funding for fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019
Total NCI $4,952.6 $5,206.2 $5,636.4 $5,927.7 $5,992.3
Research Project Grants 2,092.6 2,146.1 2,278.4 2,450.6 2,541.7
Cancer Centers 288.7 335.0 313.0 331.4 337.1
SPOREs 102.7 108.2 111.4 115.8 110.7
Other P50s/P20s 5.8 2.8 1.3  0 7.4
Specialized Centers 112.3 99.3 135.6 178.3 200.8
Clinical Cooperative Groups 250.8 221.0 245.3 255.3 290.1
R&D Contracts 597.0 732.3 880.4 825.4 768.1
Intramural Research 843.2 894.5 899.7 945.5 964.9
Other Mechanisms* 659.6 666.9 771.2 825.3 771.5

Percent Change by Mechanism

Percent Change by Mechanism, FY 2015-2019
Mechanism 2014 to 2015 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019
*Other mechanisms includes Research Career Program Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, Buildings & Facilities.
Total NCI 0.4% 5.1% 8.3% 5.2% 1.1%
Research Project Grants 4.0% 2.6% 6.2% 7.6% 3.7%
Cancer Centers 2.4% 16.0% -6.6% 5.9% 1.7%
SPOREs -1.8% 5.4% 3.0% 3.9% -4.4%
Other P50s/P20s -68.1% -51.5% -52.6% -100.0% 100.0%
Specialized Centers -19.3% -11.6% 36.5% 31.5% 12.6%
Clinical Cooperative Groups -7.7% -11.9% 11.0% 4.1% 13.6%
R&D Contracts -8.5% 22.7% 20.2% -6.2% -6.9%
Intramural Research -0.2% 6.1% 0.6% 5.1% 2.1%
Other Mechanisms* 8.7% 1.1% 15.6% 7.0% -6.5%

Percent Share of Total NCI Dollars

Mechanism Share of NCI Budget, FY 2015-2019
Mechanism 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
*Other mechanisms includes Research Career Program Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, Buildings & Facilities.
Research Project Grants 42.3% 41.2% 40.4% 41.3% 42.4%
Cancer Centers 5.8% 6.4% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
SPOREs 2.1% 2.1% 2.0% 2.0% 1.8%
Other P50s/P20s 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Specialized Centers 2.3% 1.9% 2.4% 3.0% 3.4%
Clinical Cooperative Groups 5.1% 4.2% 4.4% 4.3% 4.8%
R&D Contracts 12.1% 14.1% 15.6% 13.9% 12.8%
Intramural Research 17.0% 17.2% 16.0% 16.0% 16.1%
Other Mechanisms* 13.3% 12.8% 13.7% 13.9% 12.9%
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