Current Grants by Cancer Type

Current as of October 1, 2020


Cancer Type

Number of Grants**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Cancer 36 22,996,500 14,769,175
Breast Cancer 174 102,954,750 76,108,010
Cervical Cancer 20 12,051,750 5,041,825
Colon and Rectal Cancer 71 42,871,750 24,054,285
Head and Neck Cancer 29 17,850,500 11,781,550
Kidney Cancer 15 8,165,369 4,310,437
Leukemia/Leukaemia 58 34,197,000 24,153,250
Liver Cancer 22 14,633,000 10,989,740
Lung Cancer 91 50,268,119 28,800,084
Lymphoma 38 22,524,000 8,722,160
Ovarian Cancer 34 20,194,000 12,503,845
Pancreatic Cancer 44 22,681,000 15,381,500
Prostate Cancer 49 33,703,252 24,197,837
Skin Cancer 75 46,775,369 29,330,816
Thyroid Cancer 3 2,318,000 2,318,000
Other Cancer Types 185 116,995,100 44,527,255
Applies to all cancers 232 102,992,299 82,232,382
Grand Total 737   418,944,951


Areas of Cancer Research

Number of Grants 

Funded Amount ($)  

Childhood Cancer 55 34,151,000
Disparities 61 48,581,000
Environmental Factors 54 35,207,500


≠ Applies to all cancers: The grant 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 grant project may have a focus that is linked to more than one type of cancer because of similarities between cancers. Thus, an individual grant project may be listed in more than one cancer type.

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

Specific Amount - The portion of the total funding that was awarded to a single research project for a specific type of cancer. The specific amount is calculated by multiplying the total funded amount by the percent relevance for the type of cancer in question.

For example, a project with a funded amount of $120,000 that's been coded with 50% relevance to the cancer type "lung" has specific funding of $60,000 (120,000 x 0.50) for "lung."

Total Specific Amount for a Particular Type of Cancer - The total specific funding for a particular type of cancer in the entire research and training program is the sum of the specific funding for each type of cancer within all research and training grant projects.