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Division of Cancer Biology

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The Division of Cancer Biology (DCB) supports basic research in all areas of cancer biology at academic institutions and research foundations across the United States. As part of the National Cancer Institute, DCB provides funding for research that investigates the basic biology behind cancer.

Research in the field of basic cancer biology focuses on the mechanisms that underlie fundamental processes such as cell growth, the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells, and the spread, or metastasis, of cancer cells. This research provides the building blocks to new treatments, clinical trials, and improved understanding of the disease. Basic research has enabled much of the progress made over the years in the search for a cure for cancer.



  • DCB Research Portfolio

    Explore the broad range of investigator-initiated research and programs funded by the Division of Cancer Biology to advance existing and emerging research areas in cancer biology.

  • DCB Funding

    The Division of Cancer Biology funds and supports extramural basic research that investigates the fundamental biology behind cancer. Find out more about DCB's grants process and funding opportunities.

  • DCB Research Resources

    A collection of researcher resources specific to cancer biology research.

  • About the Division of Cancer Biology

    Learn about DCB's offices and branches as well as how it prioritizes programs, facilitates research, and communicates with scientists.