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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 by Mechanism, FY 2017-2021
(Dollars in Millions)
Mechanism 2017** 2018** 2019** 2020** 2021**

*Other mechanisms includes the Career Program, Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Research Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, and Buildings & Facilities.

 

**Fiscal years 2017 through 2021 includes Cancer Moonshot funding appropriated that fiscal year and excludes all carryover obligations for fiscal years 2018 through 2021.

 
Total NCI $5,636.4 $5,927.7 $5,992.3 $6,383.3 $6,442.7
Research Project Grants 2,278.4 2,450.6 2,541.7 2,749.4 2,822.4
Cancer Centers 313.0 331.4 337.1 382.0 344.7
SPOREs 111.4 115.8 110.7 113.2 119.6
Other P50s/P20s 1.3  0 7.4 7.9 3.3
Specialized Centers 135.6 178.3 200.8 110.7 95.9
Clinical Cooperative Groups 245.3 255.3 290.1 295.6 300.0
R&D Contracts 880.4 825.4 768.1 823.0 812.2
Intramural Research 899.7 945.5 964.9 1,072.6 1,102.5
Other Mechanisms* 771.2 825.3 771.5 829.0 842.0

Percent Change by Mechanism

Percent Change by Mechanism, FY 2017-2021
Mechanism 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021
*Other mechanisms includes the Career Program, Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Research Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, and Buildings & Facilities.  
**Fiscal years 2017 through 2021 includes Cancer Moonshot funding appropriated that fiscal year and excludes all carryover obligations for fiscal years 2018 through 2021.  
Total NCI 8.3% 5.2% 1.1% 6.5% 0.9%
Research Project Grants 6.2% 7.6% 3.7% 8.2% 2.7%
Cancer Centers -6.6% 5.9% 1.7% 13.3% -9.8%
SPOREs 3.0% 3.9% -4.4% 2.3% 5.6%
Other P50s/P20s -52.6% -100.0% 100.0% 6.5% -58.4%
Specialized Centers 36.5% 31.5% 12.6% -44.9% -13.3%
Clinical Cooperative Groups 11.0% 4.1% 13.6% 1.9% 1.5%
R&D Contracts 20.2% -6.2% -6.9% 7.1% -1.3%
Intramural Research 0.6% 5.1% 2.1% 11.2% 2.8%
Other Mechanisms* 15.6% 7.0% -6.5% 7.5% 1.6%

Percent Share of Total NCI Dollars

Mechanism Share of NCI Budget, FY 2017-2021
Mechanism 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
*Other mechanisms includes the Career Program, Cancer Education, Minority Biomedical Research Support, Other Research Grants, National Research Service Awards (NRSA), Research Management & Support, and Buildings & Facilities.  
**Fiscal years 2017 through 2021 includes Cancer Moonshot funding appropriated that fiscal year and excludes all carryover obligations for fiscal years 2018 through 2021.  
Research Project Grants 40.4% 41.3% 42.4% 43.1% 44.2%
Cancer Centers 5.6% 5.6% 5.6% 6.0% 5.4%
SPOREs 2.0% 2.0% 1.8% 1.8% 1.9%
Other P50s/P20s 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Specialized Centers 2.4% 3.0% 3.4% 1.7% 1.5%
Clinical Cooperative Groups 4.4% 4.3% 4.8% 4.6% 4.7%
R&D Contracts 15.6% 13.9% 12.8% 12.9% 12.7%
Intramural Research 16.0% 16.0% 16.1% 16.8% 17.3%
Other Mechanisms* 13.7% 13.9% 12.9% 13.0% 13.2%
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