Forward Fund

The future of cancer immunotherapy lies in research and education, primarily by early career scientists. The Forward Fund was established to stimulate the future of the science, development and application of cancer immunotherapy through financially supporting its education and research.

Currently, the Forward Fund sponsors young investigators and honors senior researchers under the following:

Sparkathon Matching Donation Challenge

The SITC Sparkathon – Emerging Leaders, Igniting Innovation – is an exciting opportunity for early career professionals seeking opportunity to participate in exciting new research that contributes to the cancer immunotherapy field and the society as a whole. Before SITC can open the Sparkathon application process, the society must meet its goal to raise $600,000. An anonymous foundation has pledged to double all donations made to the Forward Fund, meaning the society has been challenged to raise $300,000 over the next two years ($150,000 per year) for this special initiative.

Click here to learn more about the SITC Sparkathon. Donate to the Forward Fund to support this initiative.

Attend the Annual Forward Fund Fundraising Event

Each year, SITC hosts a fundraiser at the Chicago House of Blues where you can enjoy live entertainment from SITC's own house band, The CheckPoints! The 2016 event was attended by more than 650 people and raised over $68,000 for the Forward Fund! These donations help to support the research of deserving young investigators. Thank you to all those who came out to party for a good cause! Learn more.

Cancer Immunotherapy Fellowship Opportunities

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s fellowship award program was established through the Forward Fund to support the development of young investigators in the field in order to cultivate the next generation of cancer immunotherapy experts. SITC offered several fellowships to Society members in 2016, which were made possible through the generosity and partnership of the organizations listed below.

  • SITC-AstraZeneca Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Fellowship in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
  • SITC-Bristol-Myers Squibb Cancer Immunotherapy Translational Fellowship
  • SITC-EMD Serono Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Fellowship
  • SITC-Genentech Cancer Immunotherapy Basic Fellowship in Related Biomarkers
  • SITC-Genentech Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Fellowship in Related Biomarkers/MOA

How You Can Help

Contributions in any amount to support the mission and efforts of the Fund are welcome and appreciated. General contributions, tribute and memorial gifts can be made online or by completing and returning the printable pledge/contribution form. For estate gifts, honoraria transfers and named honor funds, please contact SITC at

In addition to general contributions and gifts, you can donate to the Forward Fund by:

Supporting the Next Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Fellowship Award

Since its inception, SITC has strongly supported the growth and achievement of young investigators in the field of cancer immunotherapy. As the field continues to expand, SITC has realized the even greater importance of fostering the growth and development of the next generation of cancer immunotherapy experts and tumor immunologists by providing them with additional support opportunities.

We are proud to recognize the recipients of the first 2016 SITC Fellowship Awards. They will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at SITC's 31st Annual Meeting, taking place November 12, 2016 in National Harbor, MD. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Purchasing a “Friend of the Society” Ribbon to Show Your Support at SITC 2016

Show your commitment to the field by purchasing a “Friend of the Society” ribbon to wear on your badge at SITC's 31st Annual Meeting & Associated Programs! Ribbons may be acquired for a minimum donation of $50 and can be purchased personally or for distribution to other recipients.

Purchasing a CURE T-Shirt to Show the World You're Serious About
Cancer Immunotherapy Research

Order online or download an order form here.

For more information about how you can help to sustain the development and advancement of cancer immunotherapy, contact SITC at or +1 (414) 271-2456. As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations made to SITC are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law.