Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize

This prize honours an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the fight against cancer, making exceptional advances in the field.

Key information

Awarded to

Awarded to

Established independent researchers

Prize value

Prize value


Key dates

Nominations open

TBA - Expected to be autumn 2019


Nominations close

TBA - Expected to be spring 2020

In addition to the honorarium and commemorative trophy, the Lifetime Achievement Prize winner is invited to deliver the prize plenary lecture at the NCRI National Cancer Conference.

Make a nomination

Ready to nominate an outstanding researcher?

Download a nomination form

Make a nomination

The Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding cancer researcher nominated by his or her peers and selected by an international panel.

  • Nominations may be made on behalf of individuals who are living at the time of the nomination.
  • Candidates cannot nominate themselves.
  • Candidates need not be in receipt of Cancer Research UK funding, or have been supported either directly or indirectly by Cancer Research UK.
  • The current geographical location of the candidate does not affect their eligibility; however, a significant proportion of their research output must arise from work performed in the UK.
  • The Prize will be presented to an individual investigator. Institutions or organisations are not eligible for the Prize.

Cancer Research UK is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’re seeking nominations from a diverse range of backgrounds for this Prize.

To nominate, the following materials must be submitted in a nomination:

  1. A completed nomination form including a summary statement of no more than 2000 words, summarising the candidate's single scientific discovery or body of work;

    • how these contributions have had a lasting impact on the cancer field; and
    • how he/she has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the fight against cancer.
  2. One letter of support from an expert in the field. This can be included with the nomination form or sent directly to Cancer Research UK at the email address below. The name of the referee should be included in the nomination form.
  3. The candidate's CV including their key publications. Publications not to exceed more than 2 sides of A4.

Download a nomination form

There is no restriction on how many candidates can be nominated by an individual scientist.  There is also no restriction on the number of nominators writing nomination letters or signing a single nomination letter on behalf of a candidate.

Nominators are asked to maintain the confidentiality of the nomination process.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to

Paper nominations will not be accepted. A nomination should not be considered submitted until Cancer Research UK has issued an email confirming this. Confirmations will be sent within five working days.

Please note that the deadline is final and we cannot accept nominations after 5 pm on the day of the deadline.

Dr Lisa Oettl
Research Funding Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8846