Our Research Programs

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research. The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States outside of the federal government. We've invested more than $5 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life.

ACS Research News and Highlights

50th American Cancer Society-Funded Researcher Awarded Nobel Prize

Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD, research chemist at Stanford University:
1993 Awarded ACS research grant
1997 Awarded 2nd ACS research grant 
2000 Awarded 3rd ACS research grant
2000-2022 Mentored 8 ACS-funded researchers
2022 First woman funded by ACS to win a Nobel Prize

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Finding Answers That Save Lives

We support the full realm of cancer research from basic science in the lab to translation of evidenced-based practices in cancer clinics. Some of the work we're best known for includes in-depth surveillance statistics, large studies with adults to learn about cancer prevention, and grants to support cancer researchers across the United States.