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How American Cancer Society Research Funding Works

Our research goal is simple — find answers that help save lives. Our strategy for funding research is just as straightforward — fund the best science. We have spent more than $4 billion since 1946 doing just that — making us the largest private, nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States. This investment has enabled our researchers and scientists throughout the country to make major cancer discoveries.

While the world has made significant strides in the fight against cancer, we know the war is far from over. That is why we remain dedicated to conducting and funding vital cancer research. 

We understand, though, that the cancer research landscape is sometimes confusing and people have a lot of questions about how our funding process works. We want to do everything we can to help you — donors, volunteers, patients, scientists, and the interested public — understand how we work, because we can’t work without you. The answers to some of the questions we get most often are provided below.

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