Section 1. Eligibility
University of Colorado Cancer Center membership shall be open to individuals in the Rocky Mountain region who have a demonstrated interest in cancer-related research and/or cancer-related clinical activities and who are eligible to apply as a principal investigator on federally-funded independent research grants or contracts.
Section 2. Application Process
Membership applications will be endorsed by the program leader, reviewed by the membership committee and forwarded to the Cancer Center Governance Committee for final approval. The membership application will consist of the membership application and a current full CV. In addition, the applicant should include a Statement of Cancer Research Interest. The statement should contain sufficient detail to allow the reviewers to understand the rationale for the applicant’s request and provide a fair evaluation.
For example, the applicant should specify:
It is essential that the statement of cancer research interest address the following three points:
**Note that having access to the Cancer Center Shared Resources at reduced cost is not acceptable as the sole criterion to apply for membership.
Section 3. Membership Types
There are two types of membership in the Cancer Center : full membership, and associate membership
Section 3.1. Full membership:
Is for applicants who perform basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research on a regular basis, and who meet the following three criteria:
- Cancer research or cancer care is a significant focus
- Have independent support for their cancer related activities. Basic scientists must be PI or Co-PI in a peer reviewed grant; clinical scientists must be PI or Co-PI in clinical studies or industry contracts.
- Have at least 3 peer-reviewed papers published within the past 4 years or in-press that are cancer-related.
Section 3.2. Associate membership:
Is for individuals who contribute to basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research but do not meet the criteria for full membership. To qualify as associate members, applicants are expected to:
- Hold an advanced degree
- Provide evidence of contribution to cancer research in the last two years, as verified by two or more of the following requisites:
- Co-authorship in one or more cancer-related peer-reviewed publication.
- Co-authorship in one or more abstracts presented in national or international cancer-related meetings.
- Mentorship or co-mentorship of students, interns or fellows in cancer-related projects.
- Formal research collaboration with a CU Cancer Center full member.
Section 3.3. Exceptional cases may be approved by merit for full or associate membership at the discretion of the CU Cancer Center senior leadership
Section 4. Membership Privileges
Section 4.1. Full members shall have access to CU Cancer Center Shared Resources at subsidized rates. Associate members may use the shared services at subsidized rates only with a full member’s collaboration/sponsorship. All members should acknowledge any use of the CU Cancer Center Shared Resources on their research publications.
Section 4.2. Full members can apply for seed grants offered by CU Cancer Center. Associate members may apply jointly with a full member.
Section 4.3. All CU Cancer Center full and associate members will receive updated listings of ongoing cancer-related research and training programs, announcements of the Cancer Center and relevant community activity, and announcement from their respective program areas.
Section 5. Membership Requirements
Section 5.1. All members will be asked on an annual basis to provide information regarding their publications and grant/contract awards.
Section 5.2. Continuous membership is contingent upon continued pursuit of cancer-related research and/or cancer-related clinical activities. Membership will be reviewed periodically and might result in continuation, termination or change of membership type. An appeal can be submitted to the CU Cancer Center membership chair by providing evidence of active cancer research as demonstrated by extramural funding and publications.
Section 5.3. Members are to notify the Cancer Center director and the CU Cancer Center membership committee chair of any funding received from the tobacco industry. Sponsored research activities funded by the tobacco industry cannot be routed through the CU Cancer Center.