Szent-Györgyi Prize Nominations

Selection Criteria and Process

Nominations for the 2016 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research may be made by individuals from the research community, industry, government, or other organizations who are sufficiently familiar with the research accomplishments and contributions of the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Candidates will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Seminal discovery or a body of work that has resulted in, or led toward, notable contributions to cancer prevention, diagnosis, or treatment; and

2. The discovery has had a lasting impact on the cancer field with a high direct impact of saving people's lives

All submissions will be reviewed by the Prize Selection Committee.

All nominations will require the following documents:

  • A letter of recommendation (800 words or less) outlining the nominee's significant contributions to cancer research. The letter should outline the impact that the nominee's research has had on our understanding of the root causes of cancer, on strategies for preventing cancer, on the development of more effective cancer therapies, or other aspects of cancer treatment.
  • A simplified current curriculum vitae of the nominee; ten (10) pages maximum.
  • A listing of fifteen of the nominee's most important published papers, in the view of the nominator. No press clippings please.

Details on the nomination procedure/materials needed can be found in the Call for Nominations for the 2016 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.

Nominations may be submitted by mail or by e-mail. Nominators submitting by e-mail only need to attach the required documents in an e-mail to

Nominators submitting by mail must include one (1) hard copy and one (1) electronic copy on CD or key drive of all required documents. Nomination materials should be sent to:

National Foundation for Cancer Research
Attn: Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize Committee
4600 East West Highway, Suite 525
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-1250

Nomination Deadline: September 30, 2015