National Cancer Institute
Web site: www.cancer.gov
About the National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained the NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
News and Items of Interest
CRS Report for Congress: Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2012 (See especially pages 23-29.)
Late-breaking NIH, NCI, and FDA news
February 1, 2010 - Our National Coalition for Cancer Research chief lobbyist, Mark H. Smith of Liberty Partners Group in Washington, D.C., has reviewed the President's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget and provides the following breakdown (more details to come): National Institutes of Health- $32.09 billion (an increase of 3.2%) National Cancer Institute - $5.264 billion (an increase of 3.16%) National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities - $219 million (an increase of 3.5%) Food and Drug Administration - $2.513 billion (an increase of 3.5%) – Note: this does not include FDA User Fee income
This report provides a summary of the distribution of the Fiscal Year 2008 budget among the various National Cancer Institute (NCI) research programs and funding mechanisms, funding policies influencing grant awards, and comparisons with prior year allocations. To view the document, click on the icon to the right. Additional information on the NCI budget is accessible from the NCI Home Page.
Dr. Francis Collins was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as Director of the National Institutes of Health. To learn more about Dr. Collins, please click here.