About CRI

About CRI

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world's only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to harnessing the immune system's power to conquer all cancers.

This important work has led to a promising new class of cancer treatments called cancer immunotherapy. These treatments mobilize, strengthen, and sustain the immune system's natural ability to destroy cancer cells, wherever they are in the body. Learn more about cancer immunotherapy here.

CRI awards research grants and fellowships to support scientists at leading research universities and clinics around the world. Funding decisions are guided by a Scientific Advisory Council composed of renowned immunologists and tumor immunologists, including three Nobel Prize winners, 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 20 members of the Academy of Cancer Immunology.

To accomplish this, the Cancer Research Institute relies on generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations who have a desire to become partners in our effort to conquer cancer through immunology. Join with us in advancing the next breakthrough in cancer treatment.

Click below to watch our Giving Library video, which provides an overview of CRI, or any of the links to learn more about our distinguished history, our all-volunteer scientific and board leadership, our valued partners, our commitment to transparency and accountability, and our team of dedicated staff members.

  • Our History

    William B. Coley and Helen Coley Nauts

    CRI was founded in 1953 by Helen Coley Nauts to continue the work begun by her father, Dr. William B. Coley, who pioneered non-surgical, immune-based treatments for cancer.

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  • Scientific Leadership

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    Notable scientists from leading medical and research institutions, including some of the world’s most distinguished immunologists, guide the Institute’s scientific programs.

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  • Board of Trustees

    Board of Trustees

    Corporate, financial, and philanthropic leaders who help to oversee and guide the Institute’s operations.

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  • Partners

    Collaboration is key to our mission success. Learn about our nonprofit and for-profit partners who work with us to bring new treatments to more cancer patients sooner.

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  • Our Accountability

    Our Accountability

    We believe the importance of being financially transparent with our donors, supporters, and scientists. See our charity ratings, audited financial statements, IRS Form 990s, and annual reports.

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  • Our Staff

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    Experienced group of 17 specialists in nonprofit management, medical communications, marketing and development, special event planning, and more.

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  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    Join our team and help others find new immune-based treatments to end the fight against cancer.

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  • FAQs

    Can't find information about Cancer Research Institute, immunotherapy, or related topics? Find some answers to our most asked questions here.

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