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Blog Posts by NCI Acting Director Dr. Douglas Lowy

In posts written for Cancer Currents Blog and NCI Bottom Line: A Blog about Grants and More, Dr. Douglas R. Lowy highlights his vision for NCI, meetings with and partnerships in the cancer community, strategic and scientific initiatives to advance cancer research and care, and funding and grants news.

  • NCI's Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Challenges and Interim Paylines Explained

    Posted on November 15, 2023
    In this post, NCI Acting Director Dr. Lowy describes key challenges that the “flat” budget under NIH's short-term continuing resolution presents to NCI and its effects on NCI’s ability to support cancer research. He also discusses newly announced interim paylines for competing grants.

  • Cancer Grand Challenges Invites Global Teams to Submit Research Proposals

    Posted on April 6, 2023
    Drs. Lowy and Singer discuss the new round of nine research challenges as part of the Cancer Grand Challenges program and invite international, interdisciplinary teams to submit Expressions of Interest by June 22, 2023. In 2024, up to four teams will each receive about $25 million across five years to conduct their research.

  • Cancer Moonshot Scholars: Tapping a Deep Pool of Talent

    Posted on September 21, 2022
    In this edition of the NCI Bottom Line blog, Drs. Lowy and Springfield provide details on the innovative Cancer Moonshot program and encourage eligible Early-Stage Investigators to apply to become a Cancer Moonshot Scholar.

  • Raising the R01 Payline and Funding Other NCI Priorities

    Posted on September 14, 2022
    NCI Acting Director Dr. Lowy and NCI Associate Director for Finance and Legislation Patrick McGarey explain why raising the R01 payline to the 15th percentile by fiscal year 2025 and supporting more R01 grant awards is a top priority for NCI. They also discuss why allocating funds for this priority must be balanced with maintaining other critical NCI programs extramural scientists rely on to support their research.