Collaboration is fundamental to successful research. The AACR plays a critical role in establishing partnerships among researchers, institutions, patients, advocates, and others to boost progress toward our shared goal of understanding, preventing, and curing cancer.
The AACR’s partners in pursuit of our mission to prevent and cure all cancers include the following organizations:
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has partnered with the AACR since 2007 to provide support for innovative projects to speed the discovery, development, and deployment of new therapies for breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, the BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis. Since 2007, in partnership with the AACR, the BCRF has given a total of $2.5 million to support the highest caliber translational and clinical breast cancer research.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grants for Translational Breast Cancer Research were established to support cancer research projects designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and application of new agents to treat breast cancer and/or for preclinical research with direct therapeutic intent.
Kure It is a nonprofit organization providing funding for innovative research projects focused on kidney cancer and other underfunded cancers. The funds raised through Kure It directly support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers around the country. Since 2012, Kure It has supported the Innovative Grants in Kidney Cancer Research program with more than $1 million in grants awarded in collaboration with the AACR. Kure It’s commitment to this crucial translational research effort is allowing talented investigators to make important breakthroughs.
The John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation
Established in January 2011 by John and Elizabeth Leonard, the Leonard Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of others by promoting medical research and education, by supporting the health and welfare of the disadvantaged, and by promoting environmental awareness. The Leonard Family Foundation partners with the AACR to fund Fellowships in Basic Cancer Research.
Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation
Founded in 2004, the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NTRF), formerly known as the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, funds peer-reviewed research to develop better treatments and cures for patients with carcinoid and pancreatic neuroendocrine cancers. NTRF has awarded more than $10 million to leading scientists and physicians at renowned institutions throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Along with its focus on research, NTRF is committed to supporting patients, families, friends, and caregivers by providing them with complete and up-to-date information. Since 2011 NTRF worked with the AACR, providing over $2 million in support across the spectrum of cancer research – from basic science to clinical and translational research, including the CFCF-AACR Grants for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research.
Ocular Melanoma Foundation
The AACR and the Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) teamed up in 2013 on a bold but important goal – to find cures and better treatments for ocular melanoma – an aggressive form of cancer diagnosed in about 2,000 people a year in the U.S. While advances have been made in recent years against metastatic melanoma of the skin, no effective treatments for metastatic ocular melanoma have been developed, and more research is urgently needed to accelerate progress against this disease, also known as uveal melanoma.
The AACR is pleased to collaborate with OMF to provide a fellowship that supports talented early-career investigators conducting research in ocular melanoma. This one-year fellowship of $50,000 represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct ocular/uveal melanoma research and to establish a successful career path in ophthalmology, ocular oncology, uveal melanoma cancer biology, or a similar field.
Stand Up To Cancer
The AACR is the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), whose mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. Founded in 2007, SU2C brings together the best and brightest researchers and, through its grants, promotes collaboration within the cancer community. When SU2C was fashioning its initiative, the organization turned to the AACR as its Scientific Partner. In that key role, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight to the SU2C Dream Teams as well as individual awardees that seek to push forward innovative cancer research. Since the beginning of the partnership, SU2C has invested more than $170 million in support of cancer research.
Learn More About Partnering With AACR
These are just a handful of thousands of foundations, corporations, and individual donors who rely on the AACR to steward their research funds for maximum impact. As you look to make an impact on cancer with your charitable giving, please consider partnering with the AACR.
For Corporate Partnerships, please contact Peter Van Pelt via email or at (215) 446-7256. For Foundation Partnerships, please contact Sam McGrath via email or at (215) 446-7105.