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December 8, 2014


NCI Annual Plan and Budget Proposal for FY 2016

Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), has issued the NCI's Annual Plan and Budget Proposal for the National Cancer Program for Fiscal Year 2016. The narrative that accompanies the so-called "bypass budget" highlights promising directions in cancer research and requests a level of federal funding that would allow us to make more rapid progress towards reducing the burden of cancer in the United States and around the world during these fiscally austere times.

I had the opportunity to read through the document and encourage you to do so as well. I would note the following:

  1. It is well written without the jargon most of us use to describe our science, even when the concepts are quite sophisticated.
  2. It is clear about NCI priorities and I would note the emphasis on basic science of RAS, the value of genomics and big data, the importance of technology, the clinical genomic trials, issues of disparities, and the importance of prevention.
  3. The NCI makes the case of the need for increased funding of research, but is realistic that this may not occur soon.

Please have a look.