The Division of Cancer Biology funds and supports extramural basic research — research conducted by academic institutions and research foundations across the United States — that investigates the fundamental biology behind cancer.
Applications are peer reviewed, and the most promising are awarded, as allowed by the budget. Division staff monitors the grants after award to ensure the proposed scientific aims are completed.
The Funding Opportunities page lists the most current opportunities from the Division of Cancer Biology. They are arranged by funding mechanisms.
Special Research Initiatives
Outstanding Investigator Award
The Outstanding Investigator Award supports investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research with up to $600,000 in direct costs per year for seven years to provide funding stability. NCI anticipates making about 50 awards annually.
The award allows investigators the freedom to embark on long-term projects of unusual potential in cancer research; the opportunity to take greater risks and be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry; and sufficient time to develop new techniques.
The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering — and possibly transforming — approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.
The proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator’s laboratory or elsewhere.