The Salisbury Award Competition is open for applications until Sunday evening, February 28, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Apply Now

The National Foundation for Cancer Research is proud to present the Salisbury Award in honor of the Salisbury family’s vision and legacy of funding “high risk, high impact, and high reward” cancer research. Over 80 years of service, the three Salisburys galvanized NFCR into a significant force in cancer research worldwide.

The Salisbury Award encourages and promotes innovative scientists and early stage startups to translate their discoveries into therapies that can improve the lives of cancer patients. The initiative is designed to catalyze and advance promising research innovations onto the path of commercialization. Help spread the word!

About the Salisburys

About the Salisbury Award

Prior Award Competitions

NFCR is pleased to be presenting the next Salisbury Award Competition for Entrepreneurial Translational Research, at which a winner and two runners-up will receive prize checks of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Additionally, start-ups seeking to commercialize cancer technology associated with the winning project and its team will be introduced to the AIM-HI Accelerator Fund, which was co-founded by NFCR in order to invest in promising early stage oncology companies.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Virtual, via Zoom

The Salisbury Award Competition is designed for translational cancer research projects that are formally and verifiably associated with promising scientific discoveries described in the application and that are either within universities, research hospitals, cancer centers, other such laboratories or start-up companies. Submissions by principal investigators of projects with viable clinical trial approval prospects and whose intellectual property has not yet been licensed or acquired by parties outside of the applying institution are especially encouraged.

A series of private Salisbury Award Competition presentations by individual faculty or non-faculty investigators, scientists at promising early stage start-up companies or designated team members addressing proprietary cancer therapeutic projects*. PowerPoint or similar presentation formats are required. Presenters will be allocated a maximum of 30 minutes, including segue and question and answer periods, which will be strictly enforced per presentation.

Decisions of the Salisbury Award Competition’s winning and runner-up projects will be made by a judging committee comprised of world-class cancer research, oncology and biomedical industry professionals. 

*The Salisbury Award has been designed primarily to help catalyze and raise the profile of cancer therapeutic candidates, although three additional categories too will be considered: diagnostic, preventive vaccine or research platform technologies. 

If you have questions, need more information or are interested in sponsoring this or future Salisbury Award Competitions, please contact:

Bradley Gillenwater
NFCR Senior Director for Corporate Outreach & Global Program Development

Salisbury Award WInners 2019 Checking In

Read about the updated status of and NFCR’s continued support
to the 2019 Salisbury Award Competition winner.


Read More

How You Can Help

Support the Salisbury Award and help advance innovative cancer research!

Sign up for e-mails to learn about future Salisbury Award Competitions and other developments.

The Salisbury Award Competition is open for applications!

Apply Now