Update for 2022

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the funding landscape, St. Baldrick’s Foundation will not be able to support this prize in 2022.


  • Awards to be granted and administered by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • One award to a U.S. or Canadian researcher, to be presented at an ASPHO meeting
  • One award to an international researcher, to be presented at a SIOP meeting
  • Awards are $250,000/year for 3 years to support innovative childhood cancer research
  • Donations in memory of Dr. Arceci help support the awards

This award reflects Dr. Robert J. Arceci’s values, which include:

Thinking outside the box – risk-taking – true innovation

Collaboration – including international participation

Development of early- to mid-career scientists

Congratulations to Dr Anne Rios for winning the 2019 International Award!

Oncode Investigator Anne Rios of the Princess Máxima Center received the St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award at the annual SIOP congress in Lyon, France. This is the first time the award has gone to the Netherlands. Read more

Past Winners

2020 – Dr Olivier Ayrault (France)

Because of this fierce determination to make an impact for kids with cancer, Dr. Ayrault has emerged as a leading researcher in the field of pediatric cancer globally. His mentors recognize that “his innovative vision for new technologies is world class,” and his colleagues tout his “leadership and forefront thinking.” Dr. Ayrault is exactly the kind of scientist Dr. Robert Arceci would have loved. Young, passionate, and an “out of the box” thinker. Read more

2019 – Dr Anne Rios (the Netherlands)

Dr. Anne Rios, recipient of St. Baldrick’s 2019 Dr. Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award, applies three-dimensional imaging technologies to study pediatric cancer.During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Rios developed 3D imaging technology that allows viewers to immerse themselves into the cellular architecture of an entire organ. She is one of only a few people in the world to apply this technology, and she has optimized it into a rapid and easy-to-use protocol that can now be used for 3D imaging of entire organs, intact tumors and organoids. Read more

2018 – Dr Laura Broutier (France)

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancers congratulates the winner of the 2018 Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award: Dr. Laura Broutier from Lyon, France. After a period of research at Cambridge University, Dr. Broutier’s work at the Cancer Research Center in Lyon now focuses on using “organoids” – or so-called “mini-organs” – to better understand the biological underpinnings of cancer. Read more

2017 – Dr Franck Bourdeaut (France) & Prof. Dr Jan-Henning Klusmann (Germany)

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancers congratulates the two winners of the Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award: Dr. Franck Bourdeaut from the Curie Institute in Paris, and Prof. Dr. Jan-Henning Klusmann from the Hannover Medical School. Read more

2016 – Dr Sam Behjati (UK)

Dr Sam Behjati, Research Fellow in Medical Sciences (Corpus Christi College Cambridge, UK), has become the first recipient of the International Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award for his work helping children with cancer.

Make a donation

To make a donation in memory of Bob and support this award, please give online or send a check (“Arceci Hero Fund” in the memo line) to:

Becky Chapman Weaver, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 S. Mayflower Ave., Ste. 400, Monrovia, CA 91016.


For information on nomination criteria and the process, please email Becky Chapman Weaver.