The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences both generates new knowledge and seeks to ensure that the products of cancer control research are effectively applied in all segments of the population. Through innovative research initiatives, leadership, and the synthesis of knowledge and its dissemination, we are building this program to be the nation's model for cancer control science.
As NCI’s bridge to public health research, practice, and policy, the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) plays a unique role in reducing the burden of cancer in America. DCCPS, an extramural division, has the lead responsibility at NCI for supporting research in surveillance, epidemiology, health services, behavioral science, and cancer survivorship. The division also plays a central role within the federal government as a source of expertise and evidence on issues such as the quality of cancer care, the economic burden of cancer, geographic information systems, statistical methods, communication science, comparative effectiveness research, obesity and tobacco control, and the translation of research into practice. As a result, DCCPS is what many have referred to as a “hybrid” division—one that funds a large portfolio of grants and contracts, but also conducts original research to inform public health policy.
Reports About DCCPS
DCCPS aims to reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. The division conducts and supports an integrated program of the highest quality genetic, epidemiological, behavioral, social, applied, and surveillance cancer research. DCCPS-funded research aims to understand the causes and distribution of cancer in populations, support the development and delivery of effective interventions, and monitor and explain cancer trends in all segments of the population. Central to these activities is the process of synthesis and decision making that aids in evaluating what has been learned, identifying new priorities and strategies, and effectively applying research discoveries to reduce the cancer burden.
Dr. Robert Croyle
Robert Croyle, Ph.D., was appointed director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in July 2003. In this role, he oversees a research portfolio and operating budget of nearly half a billion dollars and serves on NCI’s Scientific Program Leaders governance group.
Cancer Control Framework and Synthesis Rationale
Cancer control research aims to generate basic knowledge about how to monitor and change behavior and ensure knowledge is translated into practice and policy.
By working collaboratively and innovatively, DCCPS-funded collaborators can accelerate progress in cancer control and population science research.
Who We Are
The organizational units that make up DCCPS represent dedicated scientists, professionals, and support staff who work as a team in bringing the best cancer control research activities to the public.
About Our Staff
Learn more about the dedicated staff and diverse range of fellows, interns, and contractors who work to reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.