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Budget and Research Priorities

After a period of significant national investment in cancer research, NCI has operated under a flat budget between fiscal years 2004 and 2008. Despite a "flat" budget, NCI has experienced a 21% loss in purchasing power since 2004 due to the rate of inflation according to the latest Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI). Therefore, in 2008 NCI will be unable to fund the same number of research grants that were funded in 2007.

For fiscal year 2009, NCI proposes a budget of $5.2 billion to maintain the current level of activities. But to make progress in cancer research more quickly, NCI requests a budget of $6 billion for 2009. Such an increase would allow NCI to cover ground faster, by funding more scientists in all areas of cancer research. NCI wants to nurture new investigators so they don't go elsewhere or leave the field of research entirely. Increased resources will also help maintain NCI's position as a world leader in the field of biomedical science and begin to address the rising cost of health care.
FY 2009 Budget Request - Testimony
NCI Director's July 16, 2008 testimony to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

FY 2008 and FY 2009 NCI Budget - Legislative Update
July 2008 update - FY08 supplement signed and FY09 appropriations bill still pending.

Five Strategies for Accelerating the War on Cancer in an Era of Budget Deficits
This commentary in The Oncologist outlines NCI's recommendation for five national-level actions that can be put into action immediately and will result in fewer deaths from cancer at a reasonable cost.

Director's Update on the FY 2009 Bypass Budget
Among the most valuable communication tools created as a result of the National Cancer Act of 1971 is the NCI's annual report on The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research. Often referred to as the "bypass budget," this report is intended to directly inform the President and guide the administration's budget request to Congress for NCI funding.

FY 2009 Professional Judgment Budget - Bypass Budget
The Professional Judgment Budget details NCI's funding request and is a component of The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research, NCI's annual plan and budget proposal.

NCI Budget Snapshot
Provides an overview of the FY 2007 NCI budget.

Funding for Various Cancer Types
NCI funding for frequently selected cancer types and research areas for recent years.

NCI Budget Process
An overview of how the NCI budget is developed and executed.

Loss in Purchasing Power
NCI's director explains the challenges NCI faces with a flat fiscal budget, our awareness of the hardships this creates for investigators, and the Institute's commitment to research and funding.

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