NCRI Cancer Research Database

About the database

NCRI has been collecting research funding data since 2002 in order to understand how money is distributed across various areas of research, and identify any gaps.

To track how UK funding changes over time, our Partner organisations are asked to submit data each year on how much they have spent on research, and the research projects and programmes that they spent it on. Each piece of research funding is then coded by cancer site and by research category, using an international classification system called the Common Scientific Outline (CSO).

» Read our data usage guidelines (NCRI webpage)

» Common Scientific Outline coding system (ICRP website)

The latest data

The latest data from financial year 2016/17 is now available on the website and can also be downloaded as an infographic



The NCRI now report the value of an award apportioned to a given financial year based on the start and end date of the award. This is a change from previous years when the annualised values of awards active on 1 April were reported. For further information or questions please contact

» Trends in Disease Site Spend



Click here for the interactive visualisation of the database» Spend by Research Category and Disease Site



Download the latest NCRI Cancer Research Database data-package (MSExcel)» Download the latest NCRI Cancer Research Database data package (MSExcel)



Putting the data to use

NCRI publishes annual summaries of the data, as well as periodic reports looking at trends or particular areas within the portfolio. This helps to identify trends and gaps in funding across a range of research areas. NCRI Partners can also use the information to undertake detailed analyses of their own.

Where an imbalance in funding is found, our Partners can then look at ways to address this. For example, our first database analysis in 2002 found that research spending was relatively low in the areas of cancer prevention and risk, and supportive and palliative care – this led to NCRI developing the National Prevention Research Initiative and Supportive and Palliative Care Collaboratives to address this.

Connecting up data internationally

As a member of the International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) NCRI uploads portfolio data to the ICRP database, alongside that of other countries. ICRP performs analyses on this international data and publishes periodic reports that examine trends in investment and research activity.

» International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) website

» International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) publications

» International collaboration (NCRI webpage)