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AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

Nomination Status Closed
Nomination Deadline 08/30/2019
Generously Supported By American Association for Cancer Research, To inquire about support opportunities for this Award, please contact the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer


The AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research was established and first given in 2004 to honor an individual who has made significant fundamental contributions to cancer research, either through a single scientific discovery or a body of work. These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, must have had a lasting impact on the cancer field and must have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress against 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 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations may be made on behalf of individuals who are living at the time of the nomination.

  • Candidates need not be members of the AACR.

  • Candidates need not be currently engaged in cancer research.

  • There are no restrictions with regard to race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.

  • The award will be presented to an individual investigator.

  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.

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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 complete details.

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Selection Process

​Candidates will be considered by a Selection Committee of international cancer leaders appointed by the President of the AACR. After careful deliberations by the committee, its 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 candidate's significant, fundamental contributions to cancer research (whether in research, leadership or mentorship); the lasting impact of these contributions on the cancer field; and the demonstration of a lifetime commitment to progress against cancer.