The flat-funding years and the National Cancer Institute: Consequences for cancer research

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Abstract

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the principal federal agency for cancer research and training in the US, has contended with a flat budget since 2004, which according to the institute's director is preventing the organisation from keeping pace with the increasing costs of biomedical research. Although the impact of these budget shortfalls are still being debated, Niederhuber believes these so-called “flat-funding years” may pave the way for worrying future trends, resulting in a paucity of novel cancer treatments, a lack of experienced researchers, and increasing mortality rates in years to come.

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