SITC Awards

The Forward Fund provides grants that will help attract the brightest young minds in cancer and/or immunology research to the cancer immunotherapy domain. It informs those outside of the cancer immunotherapy field about the huge promise of this modality, which offers the potential of creating long-term remissions and/or prolongation of survival for people suffering from an expanding array of advanced cancer types. The Forward Fund also educates established clinical oncologists regarding the application and potential benefits of this treatment modality.

The Forward Fund is proud to financially support the Richard V. Smalley, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship, the Presidential Award and the Young Investigator Travel Awards. Information about these awards can be found below and the pages therein.

Richard V. Smalley, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship

In memory of past SITC president and charter member Dr. Richard V. Smalley, SITC is proud to present the annual Richard V. Smalley, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship each year to a recognizable clinician/scientist and luminary in the field that has significantly contributed to the advancement of cancer immunotherapy research.

Established in 2005, it is the society’s most prestigious award serves to honor those that have been pioneers in their work and made a notable impact worthy of high regard and recognition by their peers. As a part of the award, the honoree serves as a primary keynote presenter at the Annual Meeting, giving a 45-minute lecture on his/her research and the award is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000.

Richard V. Smalley biography

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Suzanne L. Topalian, MD, of the  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, accepts the Richard V. Smalley Award during the SITC 2016 Award Ceremony

Presidential Award

Established in 1991, the SITC Presidential Award serves as recognition to the young investigator deemed to have the most outstanding oral abstract presentation at the SITC Annual Meeting. The winner of the Presidential Award will receive: $1,000 honorarium, up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement, one year membership in SITC, a commemorative Presidential Award plaque, and a poster ribbon noting them as a "Presidential Award Winner".

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Young Investigator Awards

To promote growth and achievement amongst young investigators in the field of cancer biologics and to recognize excellence in SITC Annual Meeting oral abstract and poster presentations, SITC offers the "Young Investigator Awards."

For the SITC Presidential Travel Awards, four abstracts submitted in any category and authored by young investigators were selected for oral presentation during the Presidential Session of the SITC Annual Meeting. Those presenting authors not selected for the SITC Presidential Award will receive a SITC Presidential Travel Award in recognition of their achievement.

SITC Travel Awards are given to a select number young investigators who submitted an abstract for the SITC Annual Meeting. The abstracts are judged by a committee of SITC leadership and SITC Annual Meeting organizers.

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JITC Best Paper Awards

Each year, the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC) honors several of its top authors from the past year with an award at the SITC Annual Meeting.

The JITC Best Paper Awards celebrate excellence in scientific research and are awarded to researchers demonstrating leadership in the field as well as innovation and high-quality execution and discussion in their manuscripts.

Learn more about the JITC Best Paper Awards

Connect-a-Colleague Top Referrer

Launched in November 2015, the Connect-a-Colleague campaign is designed to encourage members to personally reach out and invite potential members to join the society.

An online tool was created for members to refer multiple potential members at a time. New members are also encouraged to indicate SITC members who referred them for membership.

The 2016 recipient of the Connect-a-Colleague Top Referrer award was Laura S. Wood, RN, MSN, OCN of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

Lean more about the Connect-a-Colleague program.