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AACR-Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research

Nomination Status Closed
Nomination Deadline 08/30/2019


The American Association for Cancer Research established this award in 2007 in honor of Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), for her exemplary leadership of the AACR as its chief executive officer; for her sustained, outstanding work in fostering research, scholarly communications, education and training, science policy and public education; and for her extraordinary dedication and contributions to the conquest of cancer.

This award recognizes a true champion of cancer research, an individual who embodies the sustained commitment of Margaret Foti to the prevention and cure of cancer. The award is given to an individual whose leadership and extraordinary achievements in cancer research or in support of cancer research have made a major impact on the field. Such achievements include contributions to the acceleration of progress in cancer research, raising national or international awareness of cancer research, or other demonstrations of a sustained commitment to the conquest of cancer.

The Award will be presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020, in San Diego, California, USA. The recipient must be present to receive the award unless otherwise unable to do so because of health restrictions or other serious conflicts.

The recipient will receive an honorarium, a commemorative award, and support for the winner and a guest to attend the AACR Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidacy is open to all individuals who are affiliated with any organization whose mission supports cancer research or any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world. Such institutions include those in academia, industry or government.

  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.

  • Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the candidate's sustained commitment to accelerating progress in cancer research. No regard will 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 details.

Selection Process

Candidates for the award will be considered by a prestigious committee of renowned international cancer leaders appointed by the president of the AACR. After careful deliberations by the committee, their recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the AACR for final consideration and decision.

Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the leadership and extraordinary achievements of the candidate. No regard will be given to race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.