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About the NCI Office of Acquisitions

The National Cancer Institute Office of Acquisitions awards and administers contracts and simplified acquisitions in support of the institute’s mission to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. During the course of the acquisition process, the Office of Acquisitions will ensure that customer service is paramount, communications are open and continuous, positive relationships are fostered, sound business judgment is employed, and acquisition strategies are creative and proactive. In so doing, the resulting contract awards will wholly and completely meet program office needs, be compliant with Law and Regulation, and have a positive, long-lasting effect towards fulfilling the National Cancer Institute’s mission to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer afflicting people worldwide.

The National Cancer Act of 1971 directs the NCI to “plan and develop an expanded, intensified, and coordinated cancer research program encompassing the programs of the NCI, related programs of other research institutes, and other Federal and non-Federal programs.” To carry out this mission, the NCI utilizes a number of funding mechanisms. NCI OA participates in the planning, review, award, and management of NCI contracts and simplified acquisitions. In addition, NCI OA is a service center for contract actions and purchasing required by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).