National Cancer Institute


Available Funding Data

Funding data is continuously being added to the NFRP database. FY 2006 and earlier data is forthcoming; not all projects are currently available for these years. If you are unable to find the data you are looking for, please contact us for assistance.

Research Coding

The NCI Research Coding and Reporting FAQs provides an overview of the scientific coding process and how this process contributes to NCI's mission.

How to Search

The NFRP search allows you to search the NCI database for research grants, contract awards, and intramural research projects funded by the National Cancer Institute. Some of the search criteria are designated by fields which have preset values. Fields that are not relevant to your search may be left blank. The search function is not case sensitive.

For example:

To search for grants or contracts for brain cancer in Maryland:
  • Select Maryland from the Research Institution Location drop-down menu
  • Select Brain from the Cancer Type drop-down menu.
  • Click the Search button.
  • View the results of this search
To search for breast cancer funding from NCI's DCEG
  • Select Advanced Search link.
  • Select Breast from the Cancer Type list.
  • Select DCEG from the NCI Division list.
  • Click the Search button.
  • View the results of this search

Search Criteria

Cancer Type (Disease site)

Cancer types as defined by NCI-designated cancer organ sites, such as Breast or Liver; or related cancers, such as Hodgkins Lymphoma, are reporting categories for NCI research projects.

Research Type (Common Scientific Outline [CSO])

The Research Type or Common Scientific Outline (CSO) is a coding system used by public and private organizations in the US, UK, and Canada to describe research projects. The development of the CSO provides a framework to improve coordination among research organizations, making it possible to compare the research portfolios of public, non-profit, and governmental research agencies. The CSO is organized around seven broad areas of scientific interest in cancer research, including:

  • Biology
  • Etiology
  • Prevention
  • Early detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis
  • Treatment
  • Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research
  • Scientific Model Systems
Fiscal Year
FY 2006 and earlier data is forthcoming. All projects and project data are not currently available for these years.

The Federal budget year runs from October 1 to September 30. Selecting a fiscal year from the search form will search for projects funded during that fiscal year. The NCI Funded Research Portfolio database includes awards for the current fiscal year and the previous nine fiscal years.


The keywords box allows you to enter other words or phrases you'd like to search for, such as scientific terms, names, or text from project abstracts. Separate each keyword with a space. To search for a specific phrase, use quotation marks around the phrase. For example: "breast cancer"

You may also search using multiple words or phrases. To do this, combine words or phrases with "and" or "or" and use parentheses for grouping. For example: (clinical and prostate) or (clinical and "breast cancer")

NIH Funding Mechanisms

A code used by NIH to identify the subcategory of an extramural or intramural activity. Also referred to as an "activity code." Click here to view a comprehensive list of NIH funding mechanisms.

NCI Division

The NCI Division that manages the programmatic aspects of a project.

Project Number

This field represents the grant or contract's project number. Punctuation is ignored.

Research Emphasis (Cancer Activity)

The Research Emphasis (also known as "Cancer Activity") is a categorization of a cancer specialty used to identify the major cancer emphasis of a grant.

Research Institution

This field represents the awarded institution. Whole or partial names are accepted.

Research Topic (Special Interest Category [SIC])

Special Interest Categories describe the major scientific disciplines that are of stated or growing interest to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, and the public. Examples of SICs are Nanotechnology and Drug Development. SICs are reporting categories for NCI research projects.

Percent Relevance

NCI research projects are coded to a variety of research topics and cancer types. In many cases a portion of a research project, and not the entire project, focuses on a research topic or cancer type. When this is the case, that portion is assigned to a category as a percentage. This is considered the "percent relevance" of that category of the total research project. How the percentages are assigned depends on the type of project.

Relevant Funding

The relevant funding is the portion of the funded amount relevant to a specific code (a research topic or a cancer type). This number can be found by multiplying the funded amount by the percent relevance for the code in question.

For example: For a project with a funded amount of $120,000 which has been coded with 50% relevance to the cancer type "esophagus," then this project has relevant funding of $60,000 (120000 x .50) for "esophagus."

Funded Amount

The amount of funding, in U.S. dollars, that was awarded to this project.

Using the Clipboard

The clipboard allows you to store search results across searches for later printing or download.

To add a project to your clipboard:
  • On the search results page, use the checkboxes to select projects.
  • Press Update Clipboard to add checked projects.
To remove projects from your clipboard
  • On the search results page or in the clipboard view, uncheck the checkbox for the project you wish to remove.
  • Press Update Clipboard to remove checked projects.

Viewing Spreadsheets

NFRP provides data downloads in the Microsoft Excel (.xls) spreadsheet format. You can view these spreadsheets using any of the following commercial or free software:

Batch Search

In some cases, you may wish to search for very large numbers of research projects using only their project numbers or their ApplIDs. The batch search form is designed to make this easier for you. Note that batch searches expect only complete, valid project numbers and ApplIDs. To search partial project numbers or ApplIDs, please use the standard advanced form.

When searching for projects using this form, you can separate each project number or ApplID with any of the following delimiters: a comma, a semi-colon, a colon, a tab, or a line break.

Example project number searches:

Using commas (A trailing space after each comma is acceptable.)

1R13CA153933-01,ZIA BC 011232,5R01CA122128-03,1R43CA159858-01A1,
ZIA CP010196 03152,1R01CA151251-01,5K25CA123112-04

Using line breaks

ZIA BC 011232
ZIA CP010196 03152

Using semi-colons (A trailing space after each semi-colon is acceptable.)

1R13CA153933-01;ZIA BC 011232;5R01CA122128-03;1R43CA159858-01A1;
ZIA CP010196 03152;1R01CA151251-01;5K25CA123112-04

Using mixed delimiters

ZIA BC 011232
1R43CA159858-01A1, ZIA CP010196 03152, 5K25CA123112-04; 1R01CA151251-01

Example ApplID searches:

Using commas (A trailing space after each comma is acceptable.)


Using line breaks


Using semi-colons (A trailing space after each semi-colon is acceptable.)


Using mixed delimiters