The National Cancer Institute (NCI) maintains a biomedical research campus in Frederick, Maryland, about 40 miles northwest of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
NCI Frederick is home to several federal government laboratories owned by NCI including the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). FNLCR conducts high priority biomedical research on cancer and infectious diseases on behalf of the federal government in response to emerging and emergency public health threats.
The campus also hosts several programs for NCI’s Intramural Research Program (IRP). IRP investigators represent a wide variety of disciplines and share a mission to enhance cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Biomedical research at NCI Frederick is conducted at the government-owned, contractor-operated Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and other government laboratories. The campus also includes biotechnology facilities and administrative offices.
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and other labs at NCI Frederick conduct research on cancer, infectious diseases, and other disease areas and offer resources to the biomedical research community, from intramural scientists to external collaborators in academia and industry. Research efforts are supported by NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and the Division of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (DCTD).
In addition to training available to NCI staff, several student training programs are unique to NCI Frederick: the full-year Werner H. Kirsten Student Internship Program for students entering their senior year of high school and the Capstone Programs for undergraduate and graduate students. These opportunities are available in a variety of scientific support areas. Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities are available through NCI’s Center for Cancer Research and FNLCR, with mentors from labs at NCI or Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.