Proposed US Budget Cuts: Effects on Cancer Research

The White House’s proposed $5.8 billion budget cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which oversees the National Cancer Institute (NCI), would be a serious blow to cancer science, according to critics from across the research community.1-6

The cuts proposed in the White House budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins in October, would represent approximately 19% of the NIH budget. The document is short on details but according to the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), which represents 96 cancer research centers in North America, it would likely mean a cut of close to $1 billion for the NCI.4

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