The IMF recently joined a working group of 36 cancer advocacy organizations to support more federally funded cancer research. The working group membership includes the National Coalition for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society.
The working group supports higher funding levels for federal fiscal year 2001 in three areas:
- $2.7 billion increase for the National Institute of Health (NIH).
This amount would represent a 15% increase amounting to $20.5 billion and be sufficient for Congress to meet its established 5-year goal of doubling the NIH budget by fiscal year 2003
- $4.1 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
This amount, a 15% increase, would provide significant resources for major advancements in research. NCI Director Dr. Richard Klausner recently commented that it would take an increase of 20% to pay for approved grants not yet funded.
- $622 million for cancer programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This increase of $235 million is a necessary investment to meet the nation's public health goals.
A working group lobby day is planned for June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. to advocate for these funding levels.
The IMF encourages you to contact your members of Congress throughout the summer to advocate for higher funding levels for cancer research programs.