International Award for Cancer Research


The Award Criteria 


The prestigious Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research was established in 1997 to annually recognize a scientist:

  • who has made a major scientific discovery in basic cancer research OR who has made significant contributions to translational cancer research;
  • who continues to be active in cancer research and has a record of recent, noteworthy publications; and
  • whose ongoing work holds promise for continued substantive contributions to progress in the field of cancer.

The Award is intended to honor an individual scientist. However, more than one scientist may be co-nominated and selected to share the Award when their investigations are closely related in subject matter and have resulted in work that is worthy of the Award.

The Award consists of an unrestricted grant of €75,000 and a commemorative plaque.




  • Eligible candidates are cancer researchers affiliated with institutions in academia, industry, or government that are involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world.
  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the Award.
  • Receipt of other major awards does not preclude a candidate from eligibility for the Award.
  • No regard shall be given to race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.

The Pezcoller Foundation was established in 1980 by Professor Alessio Pezcoller, a dedicated Italian surgeon who made important contributions to medicine during his career and who, through his foresight, vision and generous donation of his entire property for the formation of the Foundation, was aimed to stimulat and promot biomedical research in the field of cancer.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was founded in 1907 by eleven physicians and scientists dedicated to the conquest of cancer and now has nearly 33,000 members in more than 97 countries who are experts in basic, clinical, and translational cancer research. The AACR is dedicated to its mission of preventing and curing cancer through the communication of important scientific results in a variety of forums including publications, meetings and training and educational programs. Because of the commitment of the Foundation and the AACR to scientific excellence in cancer research, these organizations are now collaborating annually on the presentation of this Award.

This strengthen collaborations will be a catalyst for advancements in cancer research internationally.

For more information on the nomination process and other details about the award, please click here. Inquiries regarding this award should be directed This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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