Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is dedicated to playing a catalytic role in accelerating cures for cancer by enabling the pursuit of the most innovative and advanced cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between science and business.

Early-Stage Funding for Cancer Research

The Prize for young investigators provides early-stage funding opportunities to New York scientists with innovative ideas in cancer research. The program surrounding the Prize is a catalyst in bridging the gap between the academic scientific community and the business community.


2023 Prize Winners


September 25, 2023
PRESS RELEASE: The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications for its 2024 Prize for Rising Leaders in Cancer Research

NEW YORK, NY (The Pershing Square Foundation, Business Wire) — The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) today announced the opening of applications for the 2024 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. The prize of $250,000 per year for three years is awarded annually to at least six New York City area-based scientists. The Prize empowers researchers to pursue novel, high-risk/high-reward cancer research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking.

“As we launch the eleventh year of the prize, we could not be more delighted with the success of the last decade of prize winners who have made major contributions to cancer research,” said Pershing Square Foundation Co-Trustee Bill Ackman. “With this year’s prizes, we are thrilled to support another cohort of young scientists doing highly innovative research at the leading edge of cancer research and discovery.”

Applicants must have between two and six years of experience running their own laboratories by the award start date (July 2024), hold a PhD, MD, or MD-PhD (or degree equivalent), and be affiliated with a research institution in the greater New York City area. The greater New York City area includes New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Western Connecticut (Fairfield and New Haven Counties). The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is October 30, 2023, at 5:00pm ET. For more details on PSSCRA and the application process, including the full eligibility criteria, please visit:



May 18, 2023 

On Thursday, May 18th the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance held its 2023 Prize Dinner and Tenth Anniversary celebration at Manhatta in New York, awarding its 2023 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research to seven early-career pioneers in cancer research in the greater New York City area. It was a beautiful celebration welcoming our new cohort to the supportive and lively community that has grown over the past ten years.

The evening featured special guest speakers, George Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, Co-Founder, President, and CSO of Regeneron, and Deborah Birx, MDSenior Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute and former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, who spoke candidly on a panel about their work and the future of innovation and technology.

The Pershing Square Sohn Prize was created in 2013 to empower young scientists to take risks, explore bold ideas, and pursue their most pioneering research. Since 2013, the Prize has funded 66 early career investigators at 13 institutions across the greater New York City area and has built a community of researchers and mentors that learn from one another.


“The Pershing Square Foundation is proud to support scientific leaders in the fight against cancer.”

Bill Ackman, Co-Founder. The Pershing Square Foundation