Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Information for Award Applicants and Damon Runyon Awardees

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of identifying and supporting exceptional early career researchers.  Our scientists are committed to discovery leading to new understanding of the cell and how it becomes cancerous, as well as innovative approaches to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of all forms of the disease.


Awards for New Cancer Research

Our awards support postdoctoral fellows conducting basic research, early career clinical investigators conducting translational research, and young innovators with high-risk/high-reward ideas.

> Find out more information on award administration and how to apply.

Award Committees

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s reputation in the scientific community is unsurpassed, in part due to the high standards upheld by its award selection committees. Each committee is composed of world-renowned scientists who are leaders in their fields of research. They review all applications and select award recipients, who are then approved by the Damon Runyon Board of Directors.

> See lists of our current award selection committee members.

Current and Former Awardees

Since its founding in 1946, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has supported more than 3,300 of the most talented scientists in the nation.  These scientists have made breakthrough discoveries in many areas of cancer research and continue to make essential advances.  Many are now leaders of major research institutions and cancer centers.

> See lists of current and former Damon Runyon Cancer Researchers.

> Meet current Damon Runyon scientists and hear about their latest cancer research.

Scientific Meetings

Scientific Meetings To Support Cancer Research

Damon Runyon Fellows' Retreats

(Held annually each fall)
To add to the training potential of our awards, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation hosts annual Fellows’ retreats.  These meetings allow the brightest early career scientists in the country to interact with their peers, network with accomplished senior scientists and initiate valuable interdisciplinary collaborations.

Physician-Scientist Career Development Meeting

(November 4 - 5, 2010)
The Physician-Scientist Career Development Meeting, held at the New York Academy of Sciences, focused on addressing the wide range of scientific and career development issues faced by clinical investigators. This event brought together distinguished junior faculty who have received a career development award from one of the four sponsoring organizations, and who are engaged in basic and clinical biomedical research.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Symposium

(April 27, 2009)
This one-day symposium commemorated the 10th year of the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award.  The event featured distinguished awardees and alumni of the program, who spoke about their groundbreaking discoveries in the area of translational cancer research.  In addition, the schedule included Keynote speaker Robert A. Weinberg, PhD.  The day culminated with a panel discussion entitled “Moving from Discovery through Development – The Evolving Relationship between Academia and Industry."

> Get more information on Damon Runyon's scientific meetings.