publication date: Oct. 19, 2018

Conversation with The Cancer Letter Sharpless: “I am now looking at the entire portfolio—focusing on areas where NCI is an essential player” Norman_Sharpless_official_photo

Ned Sharpless

NCI Director

 

A year after starting his job as NCI director, Ned Sharpless is reviewing the entire spectrum of NCI research in an effort to focus on areas where the institute plays a key role.

NCI is able to make these decisions in fiscal 2019 more efficiently, because for the first time in two decades, the spending bills have cleared Congress on time (The Cancer Letter, Sept. 28).

Managing expectations is one of the problems Sharpless faces at a time of increasing funding.

“Because the majority of NCI grants are for multi-year research efforts, our grant portfolio includes multi-year commitments,” Sharpless said to The Cancer Letter, responding to a question about his plans for stamping his vision on the institute.

Sharpless said that even though NCI has received a $400 million bolus of Moonshot funding, which will drop to $195 million in fiscal 2020, the institute may end up reserving some for the new funds for a smooth downward transition. “The funds provided … Continue reading Sharpless: “I am now looking at the entire portfolio—focusing on areas where NCI is an essential player”

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