Website and Privacy Policy

The purpose of the The Dialogue on Nanotechnology in Cancer Website is to help foster a dialogue between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the public about the cancer nanotechnology field. We encourage your ideas and comments, which will help to identify the areas of research that need to be addressed in this field and further the development of future funding opportunities. To learn more about NCI or for cancer-related questions, please visit or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

How this Site Works

This online dialogue is hosted by IdeaScale, an external, non-government website. On this site you will be able to post your ideas, and comment on ideas posted by others. Ideas will be moderated before they are made publicly visible, and those that include any of the following will not be posted to the public site:

  • Topics clearly unrelated to the main goal of promoting discussion about the field of cancer nanotechnology
  • Phone numbers, email addresses, or other sensitive/personal information
  • Vulgar, profane, or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; inappropriate religious, sexual, political, or racial references; unsupported accusations
  • Threats or incitements to violence
  • Information posted in violation of law, including libel, condoning or encouraging illegal activity, revealing classified information, or comments that might affect the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings
  • Endorsement of commercial products, services or entities
  • Endorsement of political parties, candidates, or groups
  • Infringement on copyrights
  • Solicitation of funds
  • Duplicate posts

Comments posted in response to an idea will not be moderated before they are posted. However, comments that violate our policy will be removed.

The Office of Cancer Nanotechnology Research on behalf of NCI will review all comments and votes received, but these will not necessarily be deciding factors for how we identify areas of research for the design of future funding opportunities.

Privacy Policy

We are committed to ensuring the privacy of our users. Please take a look at the Privacy and Security Policy for NCI's websites and third-party sites. The site does require you to submit an e-mail address when posting, responding to, or ranking a comment. We will not display this e-mail address on the site. Posters should be aware that although their e-mail address will not be posted, it will be publicly available for inspection upon request. Users can remain anonymous. However, if this option is not chosen the front part of the e-mail address before the "@" sign will be visible to the public. Text entered in these publicly visible fields may be subject to post-moderation. By using this third-party website, any information you choose to enter will be located on the site, and not on an NCI website. Please take a look at theIdeaScale website's privacy policy.

If you would like to avoid usage of IdeaScale, but would like to submit ideas or comments, you may do so via e-mail to

Additional data, such as what dialogue pages you have visited and the length of time you visited them, is collected anonymously for the purposes of analyzing visitor traffic; none of this data can be associated with your individual user identity within the dialogue.

Linking and Disclaimer of Endorsement

This dialogue site may include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals' blogs. This site provides these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving this dialogue site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website. NCI and this dialogue site do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

NCI and this site do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

NCI and this site do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

This site's articles and posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of NCI, or of the federal government.


NCI and this site cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.