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Supporting the Complete Life Cycle of Research

As part of its mission to prevent and cure cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science. By training emerging scientists; by creating communities around key disciplines; by funding promising projects; by convening thought leaders to overcome barriers to progress; by recognizing and celebrating key contributors to the field; and by collaborating with organizations around the world, the AACR supports the complete life cycle of cancer research.
   

Recognizing Meritorious Research

The AACR Academy was established in 2013 to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose major contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. These Fellows of the AACR Academy have been selected through a rigorous peer review process that evaluates individuals on the basis of their stellar scientific achievements in cancer research or cancer-related biomedical science.

Since 1961, the AACR has presented more than 300 prizes, awards and lectureships to recognize the scientific achievements of scientists and physicians who collectively have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

Scientific Working Groups

Recognizing the vital need for communication and collaboration, the AACR establishes working groups around selected scientific disciplines. These communities provide a forum for diverse groups of scientists who share a common interest to exchange knowledge and forge working relationships that accelerate progress against cancer.

Scientific Task Forces and Committees

In addition to supporting the cancer research agenda, the AACR helps to define it by convening thought leaders in key disciplines. AACR committees identify scientific priorities in critical research areas, and AACR task forces address challenges and explore important questions drive innovation in the field.

Meetings

Collaboration and communication are the foundation of scientific inquiry, and these elements are at the heart of the AACR's scientific meetings. With larger conferences that drive innovation in critical areas of research to smaller meetings focused on emerging areas and specific disease sites, the AACR provides forums for dynamic interactions and exciting science.

The AACR Annual Meeting, the largest of its kind in the world for cancer researchers, attracts more than 18,000 researchers from over 60 countries each spring.

Educational Workshops and Special Courses

AACR Educational Workshops and Special Courses provide early-career investigators with opportunities to develop skills in clinical trial design, molecular biology, drug development, translational research, and related fields. These programs enable individuals with some career experience to sharpen their skills, expand their expertise, and form collaborations among peers and leading cancer researchers from around the world.

Publications

​The AACR publishes a portfolio of highly ranked peer-reviewed journals that present leading research articles: Cancer Discovery; Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Cancer Prevention Research, and our newest journal, Cancer Immunology Research. Our scientific breadth and excellence continue to attract the premier researchers in the field, and we are proud to note that the AACR journals rank in the top 25 percent of oncology journals with regard to Impact Factor in the Journal Citation Report (2012).

Research Funding

​A hallmark of the AACR is the promotion and support of the highest quality cancer research. The AACR offers an outstanding array of financial support mechanisms for cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to grants for independent investigators.  The AACR has been designated as an organization with an approved NCI peer review and funding system.