GUIDELINES FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE UNIVERSITY OF
COLORADO CANCER CENTER
The University of
Colorado Cancer Center (the “Center”) has been designated a consortium
comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute of the National
Institutes of Health. The Center receives support from the National Cancer
Institute under Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) P30CA046934. The cancer
center consortium has 6 members: University of Colorado Denver, University of
Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Hospital,
Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Denver VA Medical Center. Our ability to
maintain this designation and grant is dependent upon having center members
that focus on cancer research.
Center membership is
available to scientists and clinicians that focus on cancer research
irrespective of their affiliation with consortium institutions. Application for
membership is voluntary and indicates agreement by the applicant with the
Center’s Expectations of Membership defined below. Applications are taken from
individuals, not groups or institutions.
Section 2. Application
Candidates must submit
an online application. (Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org).
A complete application consists of: 1) a completed Membership Application Form;
2) the Cancer Relevance Information Statement; and 3) a current copy of the
applicant’s NIH Biosketch in the current NIH format. Applications will be
reviewed by the Program Leaders who will recommend membership status and
program assignment to the Center’s Governance Committee. The Governance
Committee will vote on approval.
Section 3. Membership Categories
Three types of Membership
3.1. CCSG Member: CCSG
membership will be considered if the applicant has a research focus in either
basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research. CCSG Member
status will be considered if the applicant meets criteria 1 and 2:
Is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of an independent peer-reviewed
cancer research grant as
defined by the NCI , or is currently the national PI of a cancer
clinical trial; and
an author on at least three peer-reviewed papers published within the past
three years that are
significantly cancer-related (in-press publications are
3.2. Affiliate Member: Affiliate
membership will be considered if the applicant contributes to either basic, clinical,
translational, population-based cancer research or cancer education. Affiliate
Member status will be considered if the applicant meets criteria 1 or 2:
Is the PI of a cancer related clinical trial within the past three years;
Is an author on at least two peer-reviewed papers with significant cancer focus
published within the
past five years (in-press publications are considered).
Applicants that qualify
for affiliate member status may be considered for CCSG member status under the
1. Cancer Center Leaders: At the Director’s discretion,
individuals who hold CCSG leadership roles but
who do not otherwise qualify for CCSG member status may be
granted CCSG member status.
2. Clinical Investigators: Investigators who contribute
significantly to the Center’s research mission with
a robust portfolio of actively accruing clinical trials may be
nominated by Program Leaders for CCSG
3.3. Clinical Member: Clinical membership will be considered if the applicant contributes to
clinical cancer research by serving either as the local PI of a cancer-related
clinical trial within the past three years or as other Key Personnel on a
Applicants that qualify for
affiliate or clinical member status may be considered for CCSG member status
under the following circumstances:
1. Cancer Center Leaders: At the Director’s discretion, individuals who hold CCSG leadership roles but
who do not otherwise qualify for CCSG member status may be granted CCSG
2. Clinical Investigators: Investigators who contribute significantly to the Center’s
research mission with a robust portfolio of actively accruing clinical trials
may be nominated by Program Leaders for CCSG member status.
3.4 Mentored Member.
Mentored membership will
be considered if the applicant has a research focus in either basic, clinical,
translational or population-based cancer research and meets criteria 1 and
Qualifies for affiliate member status
Is within the first 3 years of their first faculty appointment at the level of
Assistant Professor (or
Candidates must be
nominated for Mentored Member status by the Program Leaders. Nomination occurs
during review of the application. Mentored Member status confers the same
privileges of CCSG member status, but for a limited time as outlined below.
Nominations are subject to approval by the Governance Committee. If Mentored
Member status is granted, the initial membership will be for 3 years (renewable
once for 3 additional years at the discretion of the Program Leaders and with
Governance Committee approval). The expectation is that most Mentored Members
will meet the criteria to be a CCSG member within 3 years.
Section 4. Ongoing
All members will be reviewed
annually by Program Leaders in conjunction with the preparation of the CCSG
progress report to determine ongoing adherence with the criteria specified for
the membership categories above. CCSG members who have lost peer reviewed
cancer funding, or whose trial portfolio has diminished, may be retained as
CCSG members for a period of up to 3 years at the discretion of the Program
Leaders and with concurrence from the Governance Committee. To facilitate this
annual review, members may be asked to provide information regarding their
publications and sponsored research awards, as well as an updated statement of
their cancer research. Non-response to requests will jeopardize continuation of
Section 5. Appeals
Individuals may appeal
decisions regarding eligibility or changes to their membership status or
category. Appeals should be submitted to the Administrative Office (Michaela.Montour@ucdenver.edu) and should
include evidence of compliance with membership criteria. The appeal will be
considered by the Governance Committee.
Section 6. Benefits of
6.1 Affiliate and Clinical Members are
1. Participation in Center-wide or program-based research symposia and
retreats; attendance at special presentations; participation in community
engagement, education and training activities.
2. Intramural funding opportunities provided by the Center, with the
exception of pilot projects supported by CCSG Developmental Funds.
3. Announcement of new research developments and clinical breakthroughs by Center
media relations professionals.
4. Support from the Cancer Center’s Oncology Clinical Research Support Team
(OCRST) for development of approved investigator-initiated trials.
5. Access to the Cancer Clinical Trials Office shared resource for trial
6.2 CCSG and Mentored Members
are eligible for:
Affiliate Membership benefits
Consideration for nomination by Center to national cancer-specific funding
opportunities that limit the
number of applications per institution (e.g. the Damon Runyon Cancer
Research Foundation; Samuel
Waxman Foundation; Mary Kay Foundation; and the V Foundation);
to the Center’s Administrative Office for support of:
a. Development and submission of large, multi-departmental
b. Planning, scheduling and organization of Center endorsed
activities benefiting a large contingent
of the membership;
to the Center’s shared resources at subsidized rates for support of their
research activities; and
from CCSG Developmental Funds designated for intramural pilot projects.
Section 7. Expectations of
The Cancer Center is an NCI-designated comprehensive
cancer center. To maintain this designation, we expect each member to:
Participate in the
Center sponsored symposia, retreats, seminars, and surveys.
Provide annual lay
and scientific progress reports for pilot projects and other funding from the
regarding publications, grant submissions and awards, and any other research
resources developed as a result of the funding provided by the Cancer Center.
Submit all human
subject research protocols to the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee in
advance of IRB submission, and abide by the Cancer Center’s NCI-approved Data
& Safety Monitoring Plan.
Acknowledge the CCSG
and use of Center Shared Resources in publications as below. Our NCI
designation is dependent upon this grant and our compliance with NIH’s Public
“This work was supported in part by the University
of Colorado Cancer Center’s ____________
Shared Resource funded by NCI grant
“Supported in part by the ________________ Shared Resource
of the Colorado cancer center
support grant P30CA046934.”
The University of Colorado
Cancer Center encourages membership of researchers and clinicians
interested in collaboration with scientist and institutions that are
pursuing cancer research in the areas of basic science, clinical care,
cancer prevention and control, and education.
Cancer Center membership is available to individuals in the Rocky Mountain region who have a demonstrated ongoing interest in cancer related research and/or cancer related clinical activities that contribute to the mission of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Applications are taken from individuals, not groups or institutions. Membership is granted at the following levels: CCSG Member, Clinical Member, Affiliate Member, and Mentored Member.
UCCC Membership Guidelines
University of Colorado Cancer Center Membership Application