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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.

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.

Scientific Achievement Awards and Lectureships

Since 1961, the AACR has presented over 366 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 22,500 researchers 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 among the most influential in cancer research and medicine according to Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Report® (JCR; Clarivate Analytics 2018), the entire portfolio of AACR journals, which represent 4 percent of the 222 journals in the oncology category, garnered 15.5 percent of all citations in the same category. One half of the AACR journals rank in the top 8 percent in regard to impact factor in the oncology category. The newest AACR journal, Blood Cancer Discovery, published its first paper in December 2019.

Research Funding

Since establishing its grant program in 1993, the AACR has awarded more than $425 million in funding to more than 800 scientists for cancer research projects that aim to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer. AACR grants support researchers, both domestically and abroad, at every stage of their career, representing a global commitment to understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer.

The AACR is proud to be the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking movement to accelerate innovative cancer research, get new therapies to patients quickly, and save lives.

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.