Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research
The prestigious Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research was established in 1997 to 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.
Eligible candidates must continue to be active in cancer research, have a record of recent, noteworthy publications, and be conducting ongoing work that 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 in the event that their investigations are intimately related in subject matter and have resulted in work that is worthy of the award and a joint nomination.
The Award recipient will receive an unrestricted grant, a commemorative award, and present a scientific lecture in conjunction with the AACR Annual Meeting immediately following their selection. The Award recipient will also present scientific lectures at the University of Padua and at the University of Trento in Italy, just prior to the official Award ceremony in Trento, Italy in May 2021.
Cancer researchers affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world may be nominated. Such institutions include those in academia, industry, or government.
The Award will be presented to an individual investigator.
Nobel Prize winners are ineligible to receive the award.
Institutions and/or organizations are not eligible to receive the award.
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. Paper nominations will not be accepted.
See the Program Guidelines and Nomination Instructions for complete details.
Eligible nominees will be considered by a prestigious Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research Selection Committee consisting of an international cohort of renowned cancer leaders appointed by the AACR President in consultation with the Pezcoller Foundation Council.
The Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research Selection Committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted and are restricted from combining submitted nominations, adding new nominees, or otherwise making alterations to any submitted nomination.
Once chosen, the primary and alternate award recipient selections made by the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research Selection Committee shall be sent to the AACR Executive Committee and the Pezcoller Foundation Council for final consideration and ratification.
Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the candidate's scientific accomplishments. No regard shall be given to race, gender, nationality, religion or political preference.
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 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.