Cancer Moonshot℠ Implementation

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Following receipt of the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) report, NCI identified research opportunities that align with the Cancer Moonshot that could be quickly leveraged through funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). These opportunities, which may be supported with existing funds or with funds from the 21st Century Cures Act, mark the beginning of a Cancer Moonshot portfolio that will be expanded in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019.

See the list of available FOAs.

Planning for implementation of longer-term scientific initiatives is also underway. NCI is identifying new research opportunities that directly address the goals of the Cancer Moonshot, given the authorization of the 21st Century Cures Act to fund the Cancer Moonshot with $1.8 billion over 7 years.

Cancer Moonshot Implementation Teams

NCI established implementation teams aligned with the BRP recommendations. The teams are considering multiple ways to fund Cancer Moonshot-related research, including grants, supplements, and other mechanisms, and, where appropriate, to form partnerships with foundations, academia, and the private sector.

Teams are responsible for:

  • Discussing approaches and developing initiatives for FY18 and FY19 that will achieve the goals of their assigned BRP recommendation
  • Seeking input from the cancer research community, the Blue Ribbon Panel and its working groups, and NCI advisory committees through workshops, listening sessions, webinars, and other means
  • Providing oversight and coordination of the funded initiatives associated with their BRP recommendation

The teams are developing concept proposals that identify scientific opportunities (including funding mechanism and potential partners) for both new programs as well as expansions of ongoing efforts to rapidly advance the research opportunities outlined in the Cancer Moonshot goals.

The concept proposals will be evaluated by NCI’s Scientific Program Leadership Committee to identify which should proceed to full proposals for review by NCI’s Board of Scientific Advisors.

The implementation teams include NCI extramural program staff, NCI intramural staff, and staff from other NIH institutes and centers that may have areas of common interest or collaboration.

The Cancer Moonshot implementation teams will seek feedback on the development of new funding concepts that respond to Cancer Moonshot initiatives. We encourage you to sign up to receive automatic email updates about upcoming opportunities to be involved.

Partnership Opportunities

Public-private partnerships and collaborations will play an important role in achieving the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. If you are interested in partnering with the NCI, please email Partnerships_CancerMoonshot@nih.gov and provide:

  1. Your name
  2. Your contact information
  3. Describe the project/initiative you are interested in partnering in

Timeline for Developing New Funding Opportunities

Pending the appropriation of funds, FOAs for fiscal year (FY) 2018 are expected to be published in the fall of 2017. These FOAs will directly address the goals of the Cancer Moonshot.

Ongoing Cancer Moonshot implementation teams are developing concept proposals for scientific opportunities
May 2017 The NCI Scientific Program Leadership Committee will have finished reviewing most of the concept proposals
June 2017 The NCI Board of Scientific Advisors reviews the steering committee’s recommendations
Sept./Oct. 2017 Release of FY2018 FOAs based on approved concepts
  • Updated: July 7, 2017

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