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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
 

Membership


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 or Affiliate. 

To apply, please contact Jill Penafiel at Jill.Penafiel@ucdenver.edu.

Download the Cancer Center Objectives and Membership Guidelines​​​

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 grant P30CA046934. The consortium has 6 members: University of Colorado Denver and Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Denver VA Medical Center. The Center’s mission is to discover, develop and deliver breakthroughs in science that reduce cancer incidence, improve cancer treatment outcomes, and increase the quality of life for survivors and their caregivers through integration of basic, clinical, and population research and training. The Center’s vision is to prevent and cure cancer and be a model for patient care delivery, interdisciplinary research and training in Colorado and worldwide.

Section 1.

Eligibility: Center membership is available to scientists and clinicians interested in cancer research and care irrespective of their affiliation with consortium institutions. Application for membership is voluntary and connotes agreement by the applicant with the Center’s mission and Expectations of Membership as defined below. Applications are taken from individuals, not groups or institutions.

Section 2.
 
Application Process: Candidates must submit a complete application package to the Cancer Center’s Administrative Office. A complete application package consists of (1) a completed Membership Application Form; (2) the Cancer Relevance Information Form and Statement; and (3) a current copy of the applicant’s NIH Biosketch in the latest NIH version format. The statement of cancer research interest should contain sufficient detail to allow reviewers to understand how the applicant is involved in cancer research (i.e. basic, clinical or population science), what types of cancer are impacted by the applicant’s research or clinical activities, and whether the research has translational potential. In addition, the applicant’s statement should provide the names of other Center members with whom he/she collaborates or intends to establish collaborations, and identifies any shared resources he/she intends to use in pursuit of the applicant’s cancer research program. Applications will be reviewed by the appropriate Program Leaders who will recommend membership status to the Center’s Governance Committee for final vote on approval.

Section 3. Membership Categories

Two types of Membership are granted:

3.1. CCSG Member: Cancer Center Member status will be considered if the applicant spends a majority of his/her research focus on basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research and meets criteria 1 and 2 or criteria 3:
      1) Are the Principal Investigator (PI) of an independent peer-reviewed cancer research grant as defined by the NCI or the PI of a cancer clinical trial within the past three years.
      2) Be an author on at least three peer-reviewed papers published within the past three years that are significantly cancer-related (in-press publications will be considered).
      3) Are Associate Directors, Program Leaders, Shared Resource Directors, or in other recognized leadership positions in the Center.

3.2. Affiliate Member: Affiliate membership will be considered if the applicant contributes to basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research or cancer education, but does not meet the criteria for Member status. In addition, affiliate members must be an author on at least two peer-reviewed papers with significant cancer focus published within the past five years (in-press publications will be considered), or PI of a cancer related clinical trial within the past three years.

Section 4. Ongoing Membership Review
 
4.1. Membership is reviewed annually by Program Leaders at the time of the CCSG non-competitive renewal. All members will be reviewed to insure the continued relevance of the member’s professional activities to the Center’s scientific programs, mission, and other activities. Members may be asked to provide information regarding their publications and sponsored research awards, as well as an updated statement of cancer research interest. Non-response to these requests in 30 days may jeopardize membership status.

4.2. Continued membership is contingent upon on-going adherence with the criteria specified above for the distinct membership categories.

Section 5. Appeals

Individuals may appeal decisions regarding eligibility or leading to a change in their membership status or category. Appeals should be submitted to the Administrative Office and should include evidence of compliance with the listed criteria. The appeal will be considered by the Governance Committee. If necessary, the Center Director will be the final arbiter in an appeal. Section

6. Benefits of Membership

6.1 All Members receive the following benefits:
Opportunities to participate in research symposia and research retreats; attend special presentations; and engage in community engagement, education and training activities. Program Leaders will organize periodic symposia and research meetings to focus on specific cancer-relevant research questions, fostering the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations and facilitating the advancement of translational science. Participation by members can lead to the development of new focus areas within existing Programs, of new Programs, and of new shared resource services to support areas of research.

6.2 CCSG Members receive the following benefits:
      • Eligible to be considered for nomination by the Center to one of the many national cancer-specific funding opportunities that limit applications to one per institution (e.g. the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation; Samuel Waxman Foundation; Mary Kay Foundation; and the V Foundation).
      • Eligible for intramural funding opportunities provided by the Center
      • Eligible for access to the Center’s Administrative Office for support of:
            o Development and submission of large, multi-departmental cancer-specific grants;
            o Planning, scheduling and organization of Center endorsed activities benefiting a large contingent  of the membership; and
            o Announcement of new research developments and clinical breakthroughs by PR and media relations professionals.
            o Access to the Center’s shared resources at subsidized rates for support of their cancer-related research activities.

6.3 Affiliate Members receive the following benefits:
      • Eligible for intramural funding opportunities provided by the Center
      • Eligible for announcement of new research developments and clinical breakthroughs by PR and media relations professionals.
      • Applicants for affiliate membership that are within first 3 years of their first faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) and perform basic, clinical, translational or population-based cancer research on a regular basis may be approved for access to the Center’s shared resources at subsidized rates for support of their cancer-related research activities. Such approval is granted after review and approval by the respective Program Leader and the Governance Committee, and will be evaluated on an annual basis for continued approval based upon demonstrated use of these shared resources for cancer-relevant research. This exception may be renewed by the Governance Committee for 2 years, not to exceed a total period of 3 years.

Section 7. Expectations of Membership

The Center is an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Our ability to maintain this designation is dependent upon each member’s willingness to participate actively in the Center activities. To assist our efforts to continue to build upon the vibrant community of physicians, scientists, staff, and community members engaged in the Center, we ask the following of our members:

     1. Participate in the Center sponsored symposia, retreats, seminars, surveys, and the development and implementation of the Center’s Strategic Plan. Your participation impacts decisions regarding the development of new focus areas in our Research Programs, new shared resource services, and the development of new funding opportunities.
     2. Provide annual lay and scientific progress reports for your projects that are funded by the Center; and continue to provide us with information regarding publications, grant submissions, and awards, and any other research resource you develop as a result of the funding. This information is used to inform both extramural sponsors and philanthropic donors of outcomes resulting from their funding support.
     3. Acknowledge the Center Support Grant (P30CA046934) and your use of Center Shared Resources in your publications. Our NCI designation is dependent upon this grant.

“This work was supported in part by the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s ______________ Shared Resource funded by NCI grant P30CA046934.”

Or

“Supported in part by the ________________ Shared Resource of the Colorado cancer center support grant P30CA046934.”