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Hover over any component of a graph to see the investment amount. It is important to note that scales/axes will change according to the filters selected. This allows for readability when the data are sliced finely.

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Limitations & Caveats

The CCRS captures funding information for more than 20,000 projects funded by 42 organizations/programs from 2005 to 2016, and covers most of the peer-reviewed research from the governmental and voluntary sectors. The CCRS does not, however, include institution-specific funding from hospital foundations, research supported by private foundations or industry R&D unless part of funding partnerships of projects captured in the CCRS. Of note, provincial funding sources in B.C. are under-reported. We have estimated that coverage by the CCRS represents 60–80% of the overall cancer research funding in Canada.

Note that investment amounts may vary from what is reported by the organizations covered in the CCRS. This is, in part, due to differing reporting years (CCRS uses a calendar year) and other reporting conventions (see below). Please rely on the organization's data where discrepancies exist as the organization would have the most up-to-date and comprehensive accounting of their research funding.

Reporting Conventions

  • Investments for projects funded by two or more organizations are represented in the investment amounts of the organizations that provided the funding. Research investment was prorated and based on actual allocations over the ten years and not financial commitments.
  • The budgets of projects were weighted on the basis of their cancer relevance. For projects that were not entirely focused on cancer, budgets were weighted between 5% and 80%.
  • Analyses by geographic region were based solely on the institutional affiliation of the nominated principal investigator (PI).
  • All projects are coded to the Common Scientific Outline (CSO), the principal classification used by the International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP). The CSO is organized into six broad areas of scientific interest. Where more than one CSO code is assigned to a given project, the budget is distributed equally among the codes.
  • All projects are coded to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (ICD-10). Disease site coding is based on those sites identified by researchers in the project descriptions. Projects may be assigned more than one cancer site, and in those cases, budget allocations sum to 100% of the total. In those cases where a project is applicable to many cancer sites or no specific sites, the project is coded as “non-specific/all sites."

For details on the methodology, including definitions of funding mechanisms, please consult our report, Cancer Research Investment in Canada, 2008–2012.