NCI Launches a Platform to Submit Research Ideas for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

As part of the Vice President’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, NCI has launched an online engagement platform to enable the research community and the public to submit cancer research ideas to a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts.

Any member of the public is encouraged to submit their ideas for reducing the incidence of cancer and developing better ways to prevent, treat and cure all types of cancer.

The Blue Ribbon Panel, whose members were announced on April 4 and which held its first meeting on April 11, serves as a working group of the presidentially appointed National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). One of the first actions of the panel was to discuss the establishment of several proposed working groups to focus on specific topic areas. Research ideas may be submitted in the following areas:

  • Cancer clinical trials
  • Data sharing
  • Dissemination & population sciences
  • Immunotherapy & immunoprevention
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Tumor evolution & progression
  • Other exceptional opportunities
Vice President Biden's Moonshot: A Call for Cancer Research Ideas

The ideas that are submitted will be discussed and considered by the proposed working groups and the Blue Ribbon Panel as they deliberate about top cancer research priorities and opportunities that should be part of the Cancer Moonshot. The panel will report its findings to the NCAB later this summer.

To submit your scientific research ideas to the Moonshot Initiative visit:

Scientific ideas can also be submitted to or by phone to the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER. To sign up for updates on the engagement platform and other aspects of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, please visit the initiative’s main website (

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