AIRC’s goals are to finance ongoing oncological research, with particular attention given to young researchers, as well as to raise awareness and inform the public. The Italian Association for Cancer Research (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro, or AIRC), a private non-profit association, was founded in 1965 by a group of researchers at the Istituto Tumori in Milan, including Umberto Veronesi and Giuseppe della Porta, with invaluable support from eminent local businesspeople. From the outset, AIRC has been committed to promoting cancer research in Italy and has gradually expanded to include 17 Regional Committees and 1,462,179 members. These are people whose generosity supports the association and allows it to exist and move forward. AIRC raises funds and gives out grants for cancer research and keeps the public up to date on the latest news in this field. Funds raised are allocated to research through a rigorous selection process based on merit and transparency. The Scientific Committee, made up of 24 renowned Italian oncologists, assure professionalism in evaluating these research projects and grants.