Millions of dollars are provided through funds and grants every year in developing new treatments for mesothelioma, which may lead to a cure.

Improving the Outlook for Future Patients

Mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of cancer. Research being done on this disease is heavily supported and funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI is a federal agency that mandates how financial resources are allocated to different cancer research projects. Find out more about about mesothelioma research in our free Mesothelioma Guide.

Funding Research

  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

    In 2010, $6 million was given to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

  • University of California San Francisco

    In 2008, $1.4 million was allocated to Dr. Courtney Broaddus at UCSF.

  • Department of Defense

    The Department of Defense recently announced $50 million for mesothelioma research.

Private Organizations

  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

    The Mesothelioma Foundation offers research grants that relate to clinical trials that are not currently funded. They award 5 groups with $100,000 each per year.

  • Pacific Meso Center

    The Pacific Meso Center also aids in research grants. They are currently funding research at UCLA regarding treatments for pleural mesothelioma.

  • International Mesothelioma Program (IMP)

    IMP was created by Dr. David Sugarbaker and his former colleagues at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. They raise money and awareness about treatment for mesothelioma patients.

  • American Cancer Society

    The American Cancer Society helps raise money for awareness of all cancer types, including mesothelioma. Through grants, rallies, and word of mouth, the American Cancer Society makes a substantial impact on the lives of cancer patients.

Specific Projects

The Larry Davis Grant

The Larry Davis Memorial Grant was given to Joost Hegmans. The grant awarded Hegmans $500,000. Hegmans is researching how macrophages (white blood cells within tissue) can serve as a diagnostic factor when it comes to finding pleural mesothelioma. If these cells are targeted, it could help with the treatment of mesothelioma. These immune cells make up for 60% of the tumor mass and are associated with tumor progression.

The Bankhead Family Fund

The Bankhead Family Fund of the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation Grant was given to Il-Jin Kim. Kim was awarded $500,000. Kim is studying how different chromosomal changes occur when malignant pleural mesothelioma begins to take over the body. Researchers are attempting to recognize how oncogenic fusions play a role in the development of mesothelioma.