Pancreatic cancer research has historically been dramatically underfunded. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s research investment represents a focused effort at providing financial support for early-career investigators and researchers taking more novel approaches to studying this disease. The vast majority of cancer research funding in the U.S. comes from the National Cancer Institute within the National Institutes of Health. Below are known federal and private funding sources that support pancreatic cancer research.
Federal Funding Sources
National Cancer Institute
Supports and coordinates research projects conducted by universities, hospitals, research foundations, and businesses throughout this country and abroad through research grants and cooperative agreements.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.
NIH Loan Repayment Programs
Designed to attract doctoral-level professionals to careers in clinical, pediatric, health disparities, or contraceptive and infertility research.
NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
Supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who are conducting pioneering – and possibly transforming approaches – to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.
NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA)
The EIA initiative allows exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their transition to an independent research career by “skipping” the traditional postdoctoral training.
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDRMP), Department of Defense (DOD)
The CDMRP finds and funds the best research to eradicate diseases and support the warfighter for the benefit of the American public.
National Institute of Nursing Research
Supports clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. The research focus encompasses health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, health disparities, and end-of-life.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Orphan Products Grant Program
Encourages clinical development of products for use in rare diseases or conditions. The products studied can be drugs, biologics, medical devices, or medical foods.
Private Foundations Funding Cancer Research
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Early career opportunities: Fellowships, Pathway to Leadership, and Career Development Awards. Innovative Grants for junior or senior independent investigators with novel ideas. Research Acceleration Network (RAN) Grants support clinically relevant team science. Funds basic, translational, and clinical research.
American Cancer Society
The nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer. Focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals.
American Association for Cancer Research
The oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research.
American Gastroenterological Association
The overall objective of the Research Scholar Award (RSA) is to enable young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents to develop independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research in pancreatic cancer.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Supports research to advance the biomedical sciences.
Caring for Carcinoid Foundation
The most focused funder of neuroendocrine cancer research.
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Offer four programs aimed at encouraging and advancing the work of early career cancer researchers with high promise. Each program is designed to address a need or fill a gap in cancer research funding.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Clinical Research Mentorship program provides previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to foster the next generation of clinical researchers by mentoring a medical student for one year.
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Provides start-up funding for basic scientists and clinicians who intend to test innovative ideas for improving the current approach to the understanding of pancreatic cancer.
The Lustgarten Foundation
Supports basic and clinical pancreatic cancer research at both domestic and international institutions.
Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
Provides support for advanced medical research to speed the development of early detection strategies and funds leading clinical and academic centers.
The National Pancreas Foundation
Supports the funding of research related to pancreatic diseases.
National Foundation for Cancer Research
Believes in discovery-oriented basic science research and provides flexible funding to scientists from various disciplines such as math, physics, biology, and chemistry.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance their mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans.
Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
Funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which provides research grants to the nation's most promising young cancer researchers.
Stand Up To Cancer
A charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation established by media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by cancer. SU2C is designed to bring about a unified effort among all scientists and clinicians against a common foe – cancer.