Ohio Cancer Research (OCR) funds individual researchers to help get their projects off the ground. We seek out the best research projects from around the State that can turn our seed money into an exponentially greater amount of funding from other sources by getting them up to that first rung on the funding ladder. We give them the opportunity to collect that initial round of data needed to apply for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, or the ability to access a specific technology they need to get started. Then they take that work – along with the credibility of having already secured funding from a reputable, independent organization like OCR – and turn it into more funding based on success.
The world of scientific research funding is competitive, to say the least. Ohio has a vast pool of brilliant, motivated researchers ready to dig in and help move the needle in the battle against cancer. They are knocking on every door to get their ideas out into the world, competing against their peers and mentors for limited dollars. Ohio Cancer Research opens a door for them – a door that leads to saving lives.
OCR is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and improving the quality of life for those going through treatment. OCR has a unique approach to funding cancer research in that we provide seed money to individual researchers rather than institutions. This puts the money directly into the labs where the innovations of tomorrow are being developed. There is clear evidence that OCR’s approach works: OCR has provided more than $8 million in seed money, from which our researchers have generated an additional $1 billion based on success. That is an unparalleled return on investment.
OCR is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization that has been funding life-saving research in Ohio since 1982. Talented researchers have been or are being funded at many of Ohio’s world-class institutions: