The entire budget of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is used for research and training in the area of cancer research. The vast majority of our funding is from the National Institutes of Health; approximately 80% of our annual budget depends on this source. Competitively awarded research and training grants currently total ~$13 million.
Private donations are very important in maintaining the excellence of the research and training programs at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. You can support ongoing cancer research by donating to one of the following funds:
Basic Cancer Research Discovery Fund
To mark its 75th anniversary, the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is establishing the McArdle Basic Cancer Research Discovery Fund. The goal is to provide four $25,000 seed grants per year on a competitive basis to allow our researchers to explore exciting, highly promising, new ideas and to acquire critical preliminary data for proof-of-principle. A small amount of seed funding can position a researcher for important new discoveries and significant future grants. McArdle scientists have many outstanding new ideas. Currently, obtaining federal grant support for fundamentally new areas of research is nearly impossible. Help us obviate this stifling of bold, transformative, higher-risk research that could be the basis for the next breakthroughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Federal funding is inadequate and additional funding is needed to support an aggressive discovery research program. During the last decade, the payline for NIH and NCI grants has dropped from the 20th percentile to around the 8th percentile. Simultaneously, the cost of doing research has risen dramatically. For example, it now costs about $38,000 a year to support a graduate student and upwards of $54,000 for a postdoc. It is now typical that each researcher requires more than $15,000 per year in research supplies. The costs of animals, animal care, and state-of-the-art equipment have soared.
~ Remember, all future clinical treatment of cancer will be built on today’s basic research. ~
McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Training Fund
A major focus of the mission of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is to train the next generation of cancer researchers. Over its 75 years, McArdle has trained more than 1500 scientists who have gone on to successful careers and leadership positions in the fight against cancer both nationally and internationally. The purpose of this Training Fund is to provide support for trainees in McArdle to pursue their education and research and to further enhance the training experience in order to attract the very best trainees. Our goal is to raise $120,000 per year. Named graduate fellowships can be created based on donor wishes.
McArdle Laboratory Endowed Professorship Fund
Endowed professorships provide us a critical means for recruiting and retaining the top researchers at McArdle, and thereby increase the excellence of research and training in cancer biology at McArdle. The naming of professorship(s) will be determined based on the wishes of the donors.
~ If you are thinking of supporting the fight against cancer, we urge you to consider making a gift to one or more of these McArdle funds. ~
How You Can Donate to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
Online – Persons who wish to contribute online to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research may do so by clicking on this link: McArdle Laboratory Donations
Under "McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Department Fund", click on "Make a Gift" and enter the amount of your donation.
To direct your donation to one of the funds described above, please enter Discovery Fund, Training Fund, or Professorship Fund in the Gift Notes box under "Additional Information".
By Mail – Persons who wish to contribute to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research by mail may send a check to:
McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
c/o Dr. Paul F. Lambert, Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2275
(Make checks payable to "McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research")
To direct your donation to one of the funds described above, please indicate Discovery Fund, Training Fund, or Professorship Fund on your check.
All donors receive a letter of appreciation as well as a receipt for tax purposes.
Any donation to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research can be given in memory of or in living tribute to a friend or loved one. These gifts are acknowledged to the family or, in the case of a living tribute, to the person being honored (the amount of the gift is not revealed). Please specify the name and address of the person to whom the acknowledgment should be sent so that we may inform them of your thoughtfulness.