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About CIP

Cancer Imaging Program History

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) established the Diagnostic Imaging Program (DIP) in October 1996 with David Bragg, M.D., as the first acting director and two full-time staff members. Daniel C. Sullivan, M.D., became the first full-time director in September 1997. The name of the program has changed twice during this time, from the Diagnostic Imaging Program to the Biomedical Imaging Program in 2001 and to the Cancer Imaging Program in 2003, to more clearly reflect the role of the program, both to NCI and to the public. The staff members and administered grants are divided among four branches: the Diagnostic Imaging Branch, the Molecular Imaging Branch, the Image-Guided Intervention Branch, and the Imaging Technology Development Branch. The total amount of grant money administered by the CIP is depicted graphically, below.

CIP Portfolio

Funding Initiatives Announced


Exploratory/Developmental Grants for Diagnostic Cancer Imaging (R21s) first announced
Request for Applications

Cooperative Trials in Diagnostic Imaging announced - led to ACRIN
Request for Applications; ACRIN website


Small Animal Imaging Resource Program (SAIRPs) first announced
Request for Applications
SAIRPs funded

Development and Application of Imaging in Therapeutic Studies (R01)
Request for Applications


In vivo Cellular And Molecular Imaging Centers (ICMICs) (P20s, P50s) first announced
Request for Applications
ICMICs funded

Development and Testing of Digital Mammography Displays and Workstations (R01/ SBIR/STTR)
Program Announcement

Diagnostic Imaging and Guided Therapy in Prostate Cancer. Phased Innovation Award (R21/R33) (SBIR/STTR)
Request for Applications


Development of Novel Imaging Technologies (Phased Innovation Award [R21/R33] and SBIR/STTR) first announced
Program Announcement

Lung Image Database Resource for Imaging Research (U01)
Request for Applications

Ultrasound Research Interface Request for Proposals - Contract awarded to Siemens
Description of Resource


Network for Translation Research: Optical Imaging
Request for Applications
Funded Network Members

Early Phase Clinical Trials of Imaging Agents
Request for Proposals
Phase I/II Trials


Industry-Academic Partnerships for Development of Biomedical Imaging Systems and Methods That Are Cancer Specific (R21)
Request for Applications

Instrumentation Grants For Imaging Equipment Used in Clinical Trials: Administrative Supplements to Cancer Center Support Grants
NIH Guide Notice

Administrative Supplement Requests: Instrumentation Grants for Small Animal Imaging Equipment
NIH Guide Notice

Clinical Cancer Therapy And Prevention Research (R01)
Program Announcement


An SBIR/STTR Initiative for Image-Guided Cancer Interventions
Program Announcement

A history and discussion of the role of the Cancer Imaging Program as of 2001 is given in Academic Radiology 2002; 9:122-125.

The history of NCI is detailed in the NIH Almanac.