National Cancer Institute


R&D Budget

$4.93 billion


Number of Labs



Number of Scientists


Who we are:
In 1937, the United States Congress passed the National Cancer Act of 1937 in order to provide additional research support for cancer. With the National Cancer Act of 1937, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was created as the federal government's primary agency to address research and training needs for the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
What we do:
The NCI is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, and health information dissemination with respect to the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer and the continuing care of cancer patients and their families.
Why young
scientists are
important to us:
Researchers and scientists supported by the NCI drive the science that leads to the ground-breaking research that fights for the cure to cancer, and improves the lives of people affected by cancer. Young scientists provide the NCI with the hope and experience that contribute to the NCI’s research on cancer, cancer treatments and for cures to cancer.
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