Martin "Mac" Cheever Travel Award Fund

Dr. Martin "Mac" Cheever
Excellence in Clinical Trial Design  - Travel Award


Established in 2022 in loving memory of Dr. Martin "Mac" Cheever, this fund recognizes his many contributions to the field of cancer immunotherapy by providing travel awards to deserving early career investigators pursuing excellence in clinical trial design.

Dr. Cheever, a champion of immunotherapy, established the Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN) and was passionate about excellence in clinical trial design. This fund honors his memory by carrying forward his drive for sound design in clinical trial development and a commitment to inspiring the next generation of translational scientists. 


Each year, SITC will identify the best and brightest in the field to continue Dr. Cheever’s passion for improving immunotherapy protocols through the Martin Mac” Cheever Excellence in Clinical Trial Design - Travel Award.  This select group of deserving early career investigators will look to advance cancer immunotherapy through simple and elegant clinical trial design.  

The awardee will be selected from the participants in SITC’s Clinical Immuno-Oncology Network (SCION) Workshop as having the most simple and elegant protocol at the close of the intensive and selective workshop. If the SCION workshop is not held in any given year, the awardee will be selected from the early phase clinical trial abstracts submitted to the SITC Annual Meeting.  

The awardee will receive flight, hotel, and meal reimbursement to fully support their travel to the SITC Annual Meeting in the same year that they are selected as the recipient of the award.


The Mac Cheever Excellence in Clinical Trial Design -Travel Award Committee, will serve as the selection committee and use SCION’s Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop Format for Protocol Concept Synopsis Sheet as the basis to score and rank the applicant’s protocols. (Based on the International Committee for Harmonization’s (ICH) synopsis worksheet, SCION’s form has been adapted slightly to fit the specific needs of the program.) The awardee will be notified within one week of selection. 

Awardees will be notified by the Committee Chair and invited to attend SITC’s Annual Meeting as a Cheever Travel Awardee. The recipients will formally accept the award during the SITC Annual Meeting Award Ceremony.

Honor Dr. Cheever's legacy with a gift to the Mac Cheever Travel Award Fund. Donate online or contact Rebecca Gregory at (414) 271-2456 or