With a team of almost 4,000 people, the NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

During his State of the Union address on January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a Cancer Moonshot to accelerate cancer research. The initiative—led by Vice President Joe Biden—aims to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. The overarching goal of the Cancer Moonshot is to accelerate progress against cancer and to make a decade’s worth of progress in just 5 years.

To ensure that the Cancer Moonshot’s goals and approaches are grounded in the best science, President Obama called for the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of experts to provide expert advice on the vision, scientific goals, and implementation of the Cancer Moonshot and to identify the top cancer research opportunities that are poised for rapid acceleration.

The National Cancer Institute launched the Cancer Research Ideas crowdsourcing website to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on how best to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Submissions were reviewed weekly by the BRP as they developed the scientific direction of the Cancer Moonshot. Ideas were submitted in eight categories: cancer prevention and early detection, clinical trials, data sharing, pediatric cancer, tumor evolution and progression, implementation science, immunology and prevention, and other exceptional opportunities. The BRP reviewed the submissions both to ensure that their priorities aligned with those of the broader community and to see what ideas we might be missing..

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  • Gathered 10 transformative research recommendations
  • Contributed to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s full report
  • Engaged the public in an evolving discussion
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