Vision - To eliminate ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer Research Program Cover Image
» Click on Image to View Research Update

Lung Cancer Research Program Cover Image
» Click on Image to View Strategic Plan

The Department of Defense (DoD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) was initiated in FY97 to support high-impact, cutting-edge research that fills unmet needs. The OCRP establishes priorities to target the most critical needs along the research development pipeline from basic to translational to clinical research, including clinical trials, and to push the field of ovarian cancer forward to our vision to “Eliminate ovarian cancer”.

Ovarian cancer is fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women and the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. In 2020 approximately 21,750 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States, and an estimated 13,940 will die from the disease.*

OCRP current research priorities include:

Near-Term Goals:

  • Promote readiness for military members and their families as well as the overall health of citizens of the United States and the world
  • Enhance and sustain the pool of ovarian cancer scientists
  • Promote research that will address health disparities and improve access to quality care and the physical and psychosocial well-being of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Utilize precision medicine and computational approaches that identify individual tumor characteristics and predictive biomarkers across diverse groups to optimize patient care and outcomes

Mid-Term Goals:

  • Develop or improve the performance and reliability of screening and diagnostic approaches
  • Understand the precursor lesion/stem cell, microenvironment, and pathogenesis/ progression of all types of ovarian cancer, including rare subtypes
  • Develop and validate models to understand initiation, progression, metastasis, treatment response, and recurrence of ovarian cancer
  • Increase long-term survivorship and improve quality of life throughout the continuum of ovarian cancer care

Ongoing Goals:

  • Promote research that focuses on cancer risk and primary prevention
  • Investigate tumor and host response to therapy, including tumor survival, dormancy, cell death, clonal evolution, resistance, and immune factors
  • Promote synergistic team science, including:
    • Ovarian Cancer Academy
    • Consortia
    • Collaboration with intramural and extramural Department of Defense programs

*American Cancer Society,

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Help raise awareness of the risks, signs, and symptoms of this disease by wearing TEAL!

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $371.5 million
  • $35 million

Funding Summary


Alternate Text

Ovarian Cancer Research Funding Directory

Ovarian Cancer Academy

Inspiring a New Generation of Ovarian Cancer Researchers

Last updated Sunday, December 31, 1600