The Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research, established by NFCR and named in honor of Albert Szent-Györgyi, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and the co-founder of NFCR, is awarded to outstanding researchers whose scientific achievements have expanded our understanding of cancer and whose vision has moved cancer research in new directions. The Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize honors researchers whose discoveries have made possible new approaches to preventing, diagnosing and/or treating cancer.
The Prize recipient will be honored at a formal dinner and award ceremony and will also receive a $25,000 cash prize. The individual winning the Prize will receive media and press attention and global recognition for his/her work. In addition, the Prize recipient will lead the next "Szent-Györgyi Prize Committee" as honorary chairman.
About Albert Szent-Györgyi, M.D., Ph.D.
The Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research is named in honor of Albert Szent-Györgyi, M.D., Ph.D. who was a pioneer, and, like many other explorers, he challenged the conventional thinking of the day to pursue his novel and promising ideas. After winning the Nobel Prize for his study on vitamin C and cell respiration, Dr. Szent-Györgyi set his sights on finding a way to defeat cancer.
Beyond his laboratory, Dr. Szent-Györgyi was a leading advocate for developing resources to provide scientists with the financial support necessary to pursue novel cancer research ideas. In 1973, he changed the face of cancer research funding by co-founding NFCR with entrepreneur Franklin C. Salisbury. Since then, NFCR has provided over $330 million in support of cancer research and prevention education programs.
NFCR is committed to upholding Dr. Szent-Györgyi's vision of curing cancer through innovation and collaboration. As part of this commitment, NFCR has established this Prize to honor scientists who have made extraordinary progress in cancer research and to focus attention on the essential role of basic research in finding the still elusive answers to the mysteries of cancer.
The Szent-Györgyi Prize serves to stimulate continued investment in the pioneering research that will produce scientific breakthroughs and lead to a deeper understanding of the scientific concepts behind the genetics and molecular makeup of cancer. By calling attention annually to achievements in this area, it is our desire to heighten awareness of the kind of research and discovery that must be accomplished before we can hope to produce cancer cures.
"Cancer is a disease that can be cured..."
- Albert Szent-Györgyi, M.D., Ph.D.
1937 Nobel Laureate