About CSSI

The Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI) is a research office of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  CSSI acts as a concept shop for the NCI, investing in exploratory research and developing resources, standards, and infrastructures that investigators need to traverse innovation bottlenecks.

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI’s mission is to lead, conduct, and support cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people to live longer, healthier lives. NCI’s scope of work spans a broad spectrum of cancer research across a variety of disciplines and supports research training opportunities at career stages across the academic continuum.


To create and uniquely implement exploratory programs focused on the development and integration of advanced technologies, trans-disciplinary approaches, infrastructures, and standards to accelerate the creation of publically available, broadly accessible, multi-dimensional data, knowledge, and tools to empower the entire cancer research continuum for patient benefits.

CSSI Factsheet:

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Program Evaluations:

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CSSI Timeline