How We're Fostering Innovation

We’re the largest nongovernmental funder of cancer research in the United States, having spent more than $4.5 billion on cancer research since 1946. We fund both external research projects through grants and scholarships as well as conduct our own research into cancer epidemiology, surveillance, and health policy. We fund young researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers -- 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade in scientific achievement.

Funding Groundbreaking Research

We fund groundbreaking research that helps us understand cancer's causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it. Our research program is composed of two main areas: Extramural Grants and the Intramural components of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Health Policy Research; the Behavioral Research Center; and the Statistics and Evaluation Center. Learn more about our research programs and funding in our research section.

Research Accomplishments and Milestones

We've had a hand in nearly every major cancer breakthrough of the last century, including confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, establishing the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer. Learn more about our research accomplishments.