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Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research

Nomination Status Closed
Nomination Deadline 08/30/2019


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, if two candidates are co-nominated to share the Award, curriculum vitae and complete lists of publications for the two candidates must be submitted along with a letter of recommendation that clearly outlines how the work of these individuals is the same or closely related in subject matter and therefore warrants a joint nomination.

The award consists of an unrestricted honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and full support to the winner and a guest to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. The winner of the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement Cancer Research will give an award lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 in San Diego, USA.


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.

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Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by any individual, whether an AACR member or nonmember, who is currently or has previously been affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science. Self-nominations are prohibited.

Nominators must maintain strict confidentiality of their nominations and all nominations must be submitted electronically to Paper nominations will not be accepted.

See the Program Guidelines and Nomination Instructions for complete details.

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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 Third Annual Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in 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 2020.  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.