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Current Grants by Cancer Type as of 3/1/13


Cancer Type

Number of Grants
involving Cancer Type**



 Brain Tumor 47  24,048,000  16,525,200
 Breast Cancer  220  117,769,325  86,039,922
 Cervical Cancer  26  14,319,000  7,928,840
 Colon and Rectal Cancer  108  61,900,000  37,754,700
 Head and Neck Cancer  22  13,226,550  6,556,987
 Kidney Cancer  18  9,399,000  4,844,470
 Leukemia/Leukaemia  97  47,070,683  30,637,383
 Liver Cancer  41  26,198,000  12,875,210
 Lung Cancer  109  56,615,487  30,793,647
 Melanoma  56  27,767,000  17,515,520
 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma  52  25,723,750  14,324,125
 Ovarian Cancer  58  30,613,000  16,369,370
 Pancreatic Cancer  27  16,343,000  8,412,050
 Prostate Cancer  82  47,036,500  27,642,780
 Thyroid Cancer  19  13,997,000  11,903,900
 Other Cancer Types  199  98,770,500  45,134,508
 Applies to all cancers ≠  243  87,369,887  87,369,887
 Grand Total  923    462,628,499


Included in the above projects, which
are listed by cancer type, are projects
that deal with selected areas of cancer research.
  Number of Grants**                  Funded Amount($)
Childhood 49 26,855,350
Disparities 74 61,376,916
Environmental Factors 32 18,435,333

≠ Applies to all cancers:  The projects included here have relevance to cancer in general but have not been designated to any specific cancer type.

** Total number of grants does not equal the sum of the numbers shown in the number of grants column.  In many cases, a project may have a focus which is linked to more than one type of cancer because of similarities between cancers.  Thus an individual project may be listed in more than one cancer type.


Funded Amount
- The total value of funding that was awarded to a single or group of research or training grants with relevance to a specific type of cancer or area of research and includes funding for some projects that may be minimally related to that type of cancer or area of research.

Percent Relevance - ACS research and training projects are coded to a variety of types of cancer (breast, lung, prostate, etc.)   In many cases, a project may have a focus which is linked to more than one type of cancer because of similarities between cancers. When this is the case, the focus of the research or training project is divided by the applicant, proportionately, between each of the types of cancers involved based on the estimate of the relative impact of the research for each type of cancer.  This proportion is considered the "percent relevance" of that type of cancer in the total research or training project.  The types of cancers involved and percent relevance of each type of cancer varies among different research projects.

Specific Amount - The "specific amount" in a single research project for a specific type of cancer is the portion of the total project funding for that project which corresponds to the percent relevance number for that cancer in the project.   This number can be found by multiplying the total funding amount by the percent relevance for the type of cancer in question.

 For example: For a project with a funded amount of $120,000 which has been coded with 50% relevance to the cancer type "lung" then this project has specific funding of $60,000 (120000 x .50) for "lung."

Total Specific Amount for a Particular Type of Cancer  - In order to obtain total specific funding for a particular type of cancer in the entire research and training program, you must sum the specific funding for each type of cancer among all research and training projects.