Friday, April 13, 2012
Throughout its 29-year history, the NJCCR has awarded millions of dollars in grants to peer-reviewed scientific research and student fellowships. The funding has been used, in part, to assist newly minted scientists at New Jersey’s research institutions — encouraging these young people to establish their laboratories and careers as cancer researchers here in the Garden State. However, the work of the commission is now threatened with the elimination of a $1 million state budget appropriation. Currently, only limited funding (through the sale of the “Conquer Cancer” license plate and state income tax check-offs) is available to fund original cancer research here.