Current Grants by Cancer Type

Current as of March 1, 2021


Cancer Type

Number of Grants**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Cancer 32 21,087,500 12,997,375
Breast Cancer 162 94,647,450 68,916,660
Cervical Cancer 21 11,812,950 5,028,025
Colon and Rectal Cancer 67 41,149,250 23,223,165
Head and Neck Cancer 27 15,063,000 9,138,400
Kidney Cancer 14 9,022,869 5,290,687
Leukemia/Leukaemia 51 31,338,500 21,639,450
Liver Cancer 23 15,390,000 11,074,390
Lung Cancer 86 49,235,119 29,230,449
Lymphoma 37 23,268,000 9,112,160
Ovarian Cancer 29 16,503,500 10,050,075
Pancreatic Cancer 41 21,006,000 13,412,985
Prostate Cancer 49 32,938,852 23,433,437
Skin Cancer 68 40,584,569 24,854,296
Thyroid Cancer 2 1,589,000 1,589,000
Other Cancer Types 172 109,828,400 42,227,600
Applies to all cancers 216 97,661,719 78,184,017
Grand Total 689   389,402,171


Areas of Cancer Research

Number of Grants 

Funded Amount ($)  

Childhood Cancer 46 27,139,000
Disparities 68 52,242,952
Environmental Factors 31 20,274,500


≠ 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.