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.

Fellows of the AACR Academy

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.

Read about the 2015 class of AACR Fellows.

Scientific Achievement Awards and Lectureships

Since 1961, the AACR has presented over 350 prizes, awards, and lectureships recognizing the achievements of researchers and physician-scientists who have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of 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.


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.


​The AACR publishes a portfolio of highly rated peer-reviewed journals that are ranked in the top 30 percent of oncology journals with regard to Impact Factor in the Journal Citation Report (JCR, 2015): 

Research Funding

The AACR has distributed a total of more than $230 million in research funding since 2001 to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer. 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.

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.