German Prize for Cancer Prevention Research

German Prize for Cancer Prevention Research

The German Prize for Cancer Prevention Research will be awarded by the German Cancer Research Center for the first time in 2021 to acknowledge outstanding achievements of scientists in the area of cancer prevention research. This highly endowed prize honors both young and established scientists for their research on the prevention or early diagnosis of cancer diseases.

Both prizes will be awarded by the German Cancer Research Center and sponsored by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation gGmbH. The award ceremony will take place during the German Cancer Research Conference (2. DKFK October 18 - 19, 2021).

The German Prize for Cancer Prevention Research will consist of two awards. The first will award 25,000 Euros to excellent established researchers for their outstanding contributions to cancer prevention research. The second award of 5000 Euros, with the aim of fostering young talents, will be bestowed on young investigators up to 40 years of age for their current scientific work in cancer prevention research.

The prize money is intended as earmarked support to enable the prize winners to continue their scientific activities.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria consist of the scientific quality and originality of the candidates' research in the areas of primary, secondary, and tertiary cancer prevention.


The prizes will be awarded on the basis of nominations by third parties. Own nominations are not eligible. Researchers affiliated with universities and extra-university research institutes in Germany are eligible for nomination.

The following organizations may nominate candidates: German Cancer Society, German Cancer Aid, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Max Planck Society, German Medical Faculty Association, National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Leibniz Association.

Selection procedure

The prize winners will be selected by a jury of national and international scientists, chaired by the Chairman and Scientific Director of the DKFZ Management Board. The jury's decision is final.

Required application documents

Candidates for the prizes must be nominated by 15 June 2021 via e-mail to Nominations must include the following documents in English language: a statement on the candidates' merits and achievements, curriculum vitae, and current publication list.

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