Flat Federal Grants Force U-M Cancer Center Researchers To Find Creative Funding Sources

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As federal funds have plateaued from major research funding institutions, scientists at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center are facing a growing funding gap over the next five years.

The National Cancer Institute awarded the Cancer Center a $28.4 million grant to fund the center through 2017, officials announced Monday. It’s the same level of funding the center has received in renewal awards in 2007 and 2002.

The grant is the “glue” of what makes the research activities possible, said Dr. Max Wicha, director of the center.

U-M's Cancer Center employs 337 faculty members that care for cancer patients and conduct research for ways to improve treatments. Research efforts include clinical and prevention/control programs, cancer stem cells, experimental therapeutics and cancer genetics.

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