The Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research provides young, greater New York area-based scientists the freedom to take risks and pursue their boldest research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking.  In the quest for cures, the Prize accelerates the collaboration between academia and industry.  Prize winners each receive $200,000 a year for up to three years.


Radically innovative research: Novel approaches in cancer research characterizes by a strong scientific rationale and novel methodologies. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, basic research and technological applications. PSSCRA is seeking high-risk, high-reward proposals characterized by radically novel scientific approaches that would otherwise not be funded.

Scientific excellence: Scientific merit will be evaluated and determined by the Pershing Square Sohn Prize Scientific Review Council and Prize Advisory Board. For more insight please review our panel of board members and archive of past winning proposals on our website: http://psscra.org.

Application to cancer: Proposals that articulate a clearly defined application to cancer will be preferred. The goal is to advance research in new ways that will have an impact on understanding, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit proposals that leverage a multidisciplinary approach. 


An MD, PhD, MD-PhD degree (or equivalent) is required. Applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience running their own laboratories but no more than eight (8) years of experience by the anticipated start date of the research project (July 2021). Principal Investigators (PIs) must hold faculty appointments at academic research institutions in the greater New York City area at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor (or equivalent). The greater New York City area includes New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey, and New Haven County in Connecticut. 

An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, by submitting an application for this funding, assures that his/her visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term within the United States.  Investigators need not be specifically trained in cancer research; however, they should be working in an environment capable of conducting high quality, high impact cancer research.

2021 Prize Application Guidelines

The application portal for the 2021 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research has closed.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent application was Monday, November 9, 2020 by 5:00pm EST.

Selected applicants have been invited to submit a Full-Length Proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal was Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by mid-March.

If you have any questions regarding the Prize, please contact us at info@psscra.org

Visit: www.psscra.org to learn more about the Alliance.