Why join the AACR Sustaining Member Program?
Biotechnology and health industry analysts, as well as government reports, stress the importance of collaboration among scientists from industry and academia, and of translating the results of basic research to the clinic. AACR is unique among professional cancer organizations in bringing together basic and clinical professionals from all spheres of cancer research and in providing forums for discussion of the latest information about all aspects of cancer research, from the etiology of cancer to its diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
Why should a company or other institution become a Sustaining Member?
Associating your organization with AACR through its Sustaining Membership Program affirms to your clients, your directors, your stockholders, and your investors or contributors that you are a dedicated partner in the professional cancer research community. The commitment of our Sustaining Members is publicized at AACR's meetings and in the Association's scientific journals and member newsletters. Organizations seeking to establish or enhance their reputation within the field will find that their Sustaining Member dues offer a cost-effective way to reach the growing multi-national cancer research community.
Why should a company that has previously made contributions to AACR or other cancer organizations now become an AACR Sustaining Member?
The field of cancer research is constantly changing, and contributions to individual programs, while very important, do not provide the lasting association that comes with Sustaining Membership. Through AACR, representatives of Sustaining Member organizations have the opportunity to forge new networks and participate in new collaborations that can benefit their own organizations while accelerating progress against cancer.
What do Sustaining Member dues actually pay for?
Support from our Sustaining Members provides a stable base for AACR's ongoing operating budget, including the broad array of scientific and educational programs that the Association sponsors annually. Many of our Sustaining Members also provide additional support for individual conferences, scientific sessions, or meetings that are of particular interest to them.
Why should an organization whose employees are active AACR members become a Sustaining Member?
Sustaining Membership provides benefits not available to individuals, including publicity for the organization, exclusive networking events, and preferential location of a display at the Annual Meeting Exhibit Show.
How does Sustaining Membership meet the goals of an organization that wants to support science or technology education?
AACR fosters the education of young researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level through special educational programs, subsidized membership and registration fees, travel grants to scientific meetings, and research fellowships and grants. The Association has instituted new programs for high school students and undergraduate science majors to encourage them to persist in their scientific studies and to pursue careers in cancer research and related sciences. In the past 11 years, the AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards and programs scholarships sponsored by corporations and foundations who share our commitment to the next generation of cancer researchers, have made it possible for more than 4,000 junior scientists to attend Annual Meetings, summer Training Workshops, and AACR Special Conferences. At these meetings, students have opportunities to interact with peers and senior scientists and to present their work to the scientific community.
What is expected of Sustaining Members?
AACR expects its Sustaining Members to be active participants in fostering cancer research, and to maintain and promote the high standards of scientific achievement that is a prerequisite for membership in one of the world's largest and most prestigious scientific associations. In 2006, AACR established the Industry Roundtable to enhance corporate participation and advice to the Association. The Industry Roundtable replaces the AACR's Industry Advisory Council. Sustaining Members are invited to participate in the AACR-Industry Roundtable and, in that context, are expected to provide advice and counsel to the President of AACR regarding scientific and educational matters of importance to industry.
For more information, contact Iain Mitchell, Corporate Relations Officer, at 215-446-7120.