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Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

Nomination Status Closed
Nomination Deadline 08/09/2017


Nomination Instructions

The prestigious Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Cancer Research was established in 1997 to annually recognize a scientist of international renown:

  • who has made a major scientific discovery in basic cancer research OR who has made significant contributions to translational cancer research;

  • who continues to be active in cancer research and has a record of recent, noteworthy publications; and

  • whose ongoing work holds promise for continued substantive contributions to progress in the field of cancer.

The award is intended to honor an individual scientist. However, more than one scientist may be co-nominated and selected to share the award when their investigations are closely related in subject matter and have resulted in work that is worthy of the award.

The award consists of an unrestricted honorarium of €75,000, a commemorative plaque, and full support to the winner and a guest to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. The winner of the 21st Annual Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research will give an award lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, IL, USA (April 14-18, 2018).


Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible candidates are cancer researchers affiliated with institutions in academia, industry, or government that are involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world.

  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.

  • Receipt of other major awards does not preclude a candidate from eligibility for the award.

  • No regard shall be given to race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.

Contact Information

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by any scientist, whether an AACR member or nonmember, who is now or has been affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science. Candidates may not nominate themselves.

Nominations must be emailed to no later than 4 p.m. U.S. ET on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Paper nominations cannot be accepted. Full nomination instructions and program guidelines are available through the link below.

Program Guidelines and Nomination Instuctions

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Selection Process

Candidates for the award will be considered by a prestigious international Selection Committee of renowned cancer leaders appointed by the president of the AACR in consultation with the Council of the Pezcoller Foundation. The committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted; the committee may not combine submitted nominations, add a new candidate to a submitted nomination, or otherwise make alterations to the submitted nominations. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the AACR and the Council of the Pezcoller Foundation for final consideration and determination.

Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the candidate's scientific accomplishments. No regard will be given to race, gender, nationality, or religious or political view.

Responsibilities of the Award Recipient

​The recipient will also present the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research Lecture, both at the University of Padua and at the University of Trento in Italy, just prior to the official Award ceremony in Trento, in early May 2018.  Remarks to be made during the ceremony must be delivered to the Pezcoller Foundation at least four weeks prior to allow sufficient time for translation into Italian. Should the recipient be unable to participate in either event, the award must be forfeited and may be presented instead to the alternate.

In the rare event that there are dual winners of the Award, the cash award will be shared equally between them, and the AACR Executive Committee will determine which of the two co-recipients will present the Pezcoller-AACR Award Lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting.

The Pezcoller Foundation

The Pezcoller Foundation was established in 1980 by Professor Alessio Pezcoller, a dedicated Italian surgeon who made important contributions to medicine during his career and who, through his foresight, vision, and generous gift in support of the formation of the foundation, stimulated others to join this effort in sustaining the work of the foundation. Professor Pezcoller has inspired scientists around the world to make significant advances in cancer research. In addition to sponsoring this prestigious award, the foundation also sponsors a series of symposia, publishes a journal, and supports awards for early-career scientists from Europe who have submitted highly rated abstracts for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.