Damon Runyon’s award programs are targeted to have the greatest impact on cancer research. We foster new generations of elite scientists and fill gaps in traditional research funding that threaten future breakthroughs.

Our internationally renowned programs:

Recruit The Best Emerging Talent into Cancer Research and Train Them to be Leaders

through the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award and Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Award

Encourage the Pursuit of Bold, Transformational Ideas

through the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

Accelerate the Translation of Laboratory Discoveries into More Effective Treatments for Patients

through the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award and Physician-Scientist Training Award

Today's best scientists select tomorrow's.

Scientists apply for our award from the leading academic research institutions in the nation. Their applications are reviewed by many of today’s leading scientists who serve on our prestigious selection committees and participate in a rigorous, multi-step process designed to identify the best-of-the-best.

Approximately 10% of applicants receive our awards – the bar is set extremely high.


Damon Runyon scientists receive guaranteed financial support, allowing them to focus on research, not grant-writing. Just as important, our awards offer them the freedom to follow their own ideas, explore new paths and take risks. Our prestigious endorsement attracts further funding, advances their careers and accelerates their research.

Our goal is to prevent and cure all cancers.

That’s why we fund leading-edge laboratory research, as well as the translational and clinical research that moves breakthroughs to patients. Because fewer physicians are choosing science careers, we have dedicated programs focused on ensuring that we recruit and retain them in research. Physicians deeply understand cancer in humans and are especially driven to find cures for their patients. They are the bridge between scientific discovery and cures.