AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research

Funding Agency:
American Association for Cancer Research

The AACR and its Chemistry in Cancer Research Working Group established this award in 2007 to recognize the importance of chemistry to advancements in cancer research. The award will be given for outstanding, novel and significant chemistry research, which has led to important contributions to the fields of basic cancer research, translational cancer research, cancer diagnosis, the prevention of cancer or the treatment of patients with cancer. Such research may include, but is not limited to, drug discovery and design; structural biology; proteomics, metabolomics and biological mass spectrometry; chemical aspects of carcinogenesis; imaging agents and radiotherapeutics; and chemical biology.

The recipient of the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research will give an award lecture during the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 in San Diego, California, USA, receive a commemorative award, a $10,000 honorarium, and receive support for the winner and a guest to attend the Annual Meeting.

Deadline for nominations: Aug. 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidacy is open to all researchers who are affiliated with 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.
  • The award will be presented to an individual investigator. Two or more individuals may be selected to share the award when their investigations are closely related in subject matter and have resulted in work worthy of an award.
  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.
  • Selection of the award winner will be made on the outstanding quality, novelty and significance of the candidates' chemistry research and its important contributions to cancer research. No regard will be given to race, gender, nationality, geographic location or religious or political views.
  • Prior recipients of the AACR-Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award are not eligible to be nominated for research previously recognized by the Cain Award.



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

August 1, 2019