CPRIT supports the most creative ideas and meritorious projects brought forward by the cancer research community in Texas. The overarching principles for awarding CPRIT funds are scientific excellence and impact on reducing the burden of cancer, both of which are critically important to enhance the life sciences infrastructure in Texas. This enables CPRIT's effect on cancer research to extend for years beyond the lifetime of the program.
Most important to developing Texas' life sciences infrastructure are the recruitment of preeminent researchers and the investment in core facilities. Recruiting new researchers brings additional resources to the state, including research funding and novel expertise, as well as help building the critical mass of science needed to attract capital for the development of products for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
CPRIT's training programs that develop the next generation of cancer researchers and increase the diversity of the cancer research workforce are also important to growing and sustaining the state's life sciences infrastructure. Investments in core facilities assures that cancer researchers throughout the state have access to the most up-to-date technologies needed for cutting-edge cancer research.
CPRIT's Academic Research Program is notable for funding projects in critical, but underfunded areas of cancer research. Opportunities for the strategic deployment of funds include cancer prevention and early detection research, computational biology and analytic methods, childhood cancers, and hepatocellular cancers.
CPRIT bolsters cancer research by providing financial support for programs like Core Facility Support Awards—developing facilities that provide services to support and enhance cancer research projects—and the CPRIT Scholars grants that give Texas a competitive edge in recruiting world-class scientists to Texas universities and cancer research institutes.