Current Grants by Cancer Type

Current as of March 1, 2020


Cancer Type

Number of Grants**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Cancer 36 23,628,500 16,077,650
Breast Cancer 168 97,215,750 68,989,065
Cervical Cancer 22 14,070,000 6,339,685
Colon and Rectal Cancer 73 44,492,250 24,148,520
Head and Neck Cancer 27 17,658,500 12,142,850
Kidney Cancer 16 8,222,869 4,367,937
Leukemia/Leukaemia 63 36,396,000 25,414,125
Liver Cancer 24 16,174,500 12,629,290
Lung Cancer 87 49,063,919 27,912,964
Lymphoma 43 23,206,500 9,109,035
Ovarian Cancer 39 21,604,000 13,524,525
Pancreatic Cancer 42 23,720,000 16,139,525
Prostate Cancer 50 34,576,252 24,473,137
Skin Cancer 74 46,124,369 27,993,356
Thyroid Cancer 2 1,458,000 1,458,000
Other Cancer Types 196 118,524,100 47,917,215
Applies to all cancers 237 102,127,199 81,555,122
Grand Total 749   420,192,001



Areas of Cancer Research

Number of Grants* 

Funded Amount ($)  

Childhood Cancer 60 34,140,000
Disparities 59 49,827,750
Environmental Factors 31 19,340,000


≠ 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.

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.