Cancer Moonshot Moves to Research Phase

February 05, 2019 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, Former ONS Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy
Alec Stone
Alec Stone MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director

Still a popular program throughout the government, the Cancer Moonshot Initiative challenged the United States to meet goals to accelerate cancer research progress (, encourage collaboration in finding treatments and cures, and to improve data sharing to make a decade’s progress in half the time.

Through NIH’s Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel and the 2016 passage of the 21st Century Cures Act—allocating $1.8 billion over seven years for Moonshot—the initiative is moving out of planning and into the research phase.

Research programs are focusing on three key areas:

Although the federal funding allocation for the Moonshot is limited in both amount and time, the initiative continues to have broad congressional support. Future funding would ultimately be based on any advancements found during the collaborative research process.

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