NCI Fiscal Year 2016 Plan Highlights NCORP Community-Based Care as an Important Piece of the National Clinical Trials Enterprise

Posted: December 4, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) annual plan and budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 (PDF) , released Dec. 2, highlights the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) among the important opportunities on which to build cancer research.

"The NCORP provides an important connection to community-based cancer care, ensuring that people have access to the benefits of the latest research regardless of where they live," the plan states.

Citing NCORP’s role to bring clinical trials, as well as cancer care delivery research, to people in their own communities, the plan states:

"This effort enhances patient and provider access throughout the country to clinical trials in prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. It also facilitates the participation of minority and underserved populations in clinical research and accelerates knowledge transfer into clinical practice and health care systems and organizations."

The FY 2016 professional judgment budget recommendation includes proposed increases in funding that will enable the NCI to address today’s most promising opportunities in cancer research. The overall recommended budget increase for cancer clinical trials requested for the fiscal year was $100 million.