Supporting the Complete Life Cycle of Research
As part of its mission to prevent and cure cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research fosters 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.
Meetings, Educational Workshops, and Special Courses
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 the field 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, attracted more than 74,000 attendees for the 2020 virtual meetings; more than 22,500 have attended past in-person meetings.
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 leaders from around the world.
The AACR publishes a portfolio of highly rated peer-reviewed journals that are among the most influential in cancer science and medicine. The entire portfolio of AACR journals, which represent just over 2 percent of the 313 journals in the oncology category, garnered about 13 percent of all citations in the same category, according to Journal Citation ReportsTM from Clarivate, 2021. One half of the AACR journals rank in the top 8 percent in regard to impact factor in the oncology category. The latest addition to the AACR journal portfolio is Cancer Research Communications, an open access journal covering the full breadth of the field.
- Blood Cancer Discovery
- Cancer Discovery
- Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
- Cancer Immunology Research
- Cancer Prevention Research
- Cancer Research
- Cancer Research Communications
- Clinical Cancer Research
- Molecular Cancer Research
- Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Since establishing its grant program in 1993, the AACR has awarded more than $480 million in funding to more than 890 scientists for cancer research projects that aim to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer. AACR grants support investigators, 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 Task Forces, Committees, and Working Groups
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.
Recognizing the vital need for communication and collaboration, the AACR also 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.