Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research

Selection Criteria

Nominations for the Prize 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 must have made an original discovery or breakthrough in scientific understanding that has led to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, or new treatments for patients with cancer. The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2020. You can also download this information here. 

  • 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.
  •  Complete contact information of nominee including cell phone.

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 The Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research Process

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

  1. Seminal discovery or a pioneering body of work that has resulted in, or led toward, notable contributions to cancer prevention, diagnosis, or treatment
  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. If you have questions or need more information, please email

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The Szent-Györgyi Prize Selection Committee

The Szent-Györgyi Prize Selection Committee has been established to advise and consult with the National Foundation for Cancer Research on each year’s pool of Prize nominees. The Committee considers the research history and contributions of each nominee, with special emphasis on the importance of the research featured in the nomination materials; the significance, originality, and impact of that research as well as the nominee’s entire body of scientific contributions; each nominee’s professional activities and publications as reflected in the curriculum vitae; and other relevant aspects of each nominee’s career in research.

The Prize Winner each year will serve as the selection chair of the Szent-Györgyi Prize Selection Committee for the following year. In case the Prize Winner is unable to serve as the incoming chair, the previous chair will serve as de facto chair of the new Committee.

The 2021 Szent-Györgyi Prize Call for Nominations is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations!