Research Overview

Funded Research

Our mission has always been focused: to save lives by funding cures for cancer. We’ve funded 1,186 grants since 1994. Each one has been directed to physicians and scientists who have pioneered techniques to make breakthroughs in cancer research. By investing in these extraordinary people and their projects, we continue to make great strides in unraveling the mysteries of cancer.

Grants Process

Since awarding our first grant in 1994, the V Foundation has funded over $310 million in research grants. Our Scientific Advisory Committee selects grant recipients through a highly competitive process. We invest in promising people and projects.

 

$310 Million:

The V Foundation has awarded over $310 million, which has been used to fund cancer research grants nationwide.


163 Institutions:

The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 163 institutions in the US (across 40 states) and 4 institutions in Canada (across 3 provinces).


Five Types:

The V Foundation currently awards five types of grants, from early career to larger grants that reach beyond our usual grants.

Find out more

  • Cancer Facts
  • V Foundation Facts

Cancer Facts

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19 Million

The number of Americans who have had a cancer diagnosis is expected to rise to 19 million by 2025.

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38.4%

Based on data from 2013-2015, approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

03

15,270 Children

In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children ages 0-19 were diagnosed with cancer.

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Types of Cancer

There are more than 100 types of cancer.

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Common Cancers

The most common cancers (listed in descending order according to estimated new cases in 2018) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and liver cancer.

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Stages

Most cancers are categorized by stage. “Stage 0” cancer is called “in situ.” This means abnormal cells have stayed with the originating cell layer. “Stage I” is localized and easiest to treat. “Stage IV” means abnormal cells have spread the farthest. This is the most difficult stage to treat.

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Survivors

There are an estimated 18 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of survivors is expected to increase to 22.1 million by 2030.

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609,360

In 2022, an estimated 609,360 will die of cancer, an average of almost 1,670 people per day.

V Foundation Facts

01

Founded in 1993

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, award-winning basketball coach and commentator.

02

100% of Donations

The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses.

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Cutting Edge Research

The V Foundation supports cutting-edge research into all types of cancers occurring anywhere in the body and affecting adults or children.

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1,186 Grants Awarded

The V Foundation awards competitive grants through a process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of the nation’s top doctors and scientists.

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$310 Million

The V Foundation has awarded over $310 million, which has been used to fund cancer research grants nationwide.

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163 Institutions

The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 163 institutions in the US (across 40 states) and 4 institutions in Canada (across 3 provinces).

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11 Consecutive 4-Star Ratings

The V Foundation has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings (out of 4) by Charity Navigator, a leading charity evaluator. This places the V Foundation among the top 2% of all charities evaluated.

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The support from V Foundation was key for developing the new models. This gives our lab a very unique tool that puts us in a priority position to carry out certain types of research.
Kexin Xu, PhD
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