Cancer Center Support Grant Guidelines State:
"The selection of members of a center's Programs is one of the most critical decisions made by leadership. Functional and productive programs select individuals for their scientific excellence and, just as importantly, for their commitment to work together."
Primary Criteria for Membership
The major criteria for Cancer Center membership are active cancer research as a primary professional focus and an interest in the application of research to improve cancer care. Cancer Center members contribute to the mission of the Center via their participation in research, including laboratory, clinical, and population-based efforts. Specific criteria have been developed for each membership category.
Membership Categories and Benefits
Program Member (Type 1). This category defines individuals with faculty appointments at the University of Utah who conduct cancer research as a major professional focus. Members typically serve as principal investigator (PI), co-investigator, or project leader on an NCI-recognized, extramural cancer-relevant grant. A clinical researcher who plays a leadership role in extramural cancer research groups (e.g., COG, SWOG, SARC, RTOG, NCCN) or serves as PI on one or more investigator-initiated clinical trials would also be an appropriate appointee to this membership category. At the discretion of the CEO/Director, individuals who have had a record of peer-reviewed extramural support, but who are experiencing a lapse in funding, may be retained as Cancer Center members while seeking continued extramural support.
Program Associate Member (Type 2). This category defines individuals who contribute to the Cancer Center research portfolio in laboratory, clinical, or population science and foster a collaborative environment, but do not meet the criteria for Cancer Center membership. Individuals in this membership category may be key service providers who support the research of the scientific members, if their research interests are aligned with a particular Program.
Non-Program Aligned Member (Type 3). This membership category is available to faculty and other professionals at the University of Utah who are cancer-focused but not research-oriented as a primary professional emphasis. Non-Program aligned members of the Cancer Center provide supplementary assistance and support to HCI's mission, but are not formally affiliated with a particular Cancer Center Research Program. This membership category recognizes individuals, such as: members of our Multidisciplinary Disease Teams, who are both patient-care providers and active participants in the Center's clinical research portfolio via enrollment of patients on clinical trials; laboratory or population scientists who express an interest in contributing to the Cancer Center's mission but who do not have cancer research as a primary focus; or key service providers whose research interests are not aligned with a specific Program. Non-Program aligned membership provides a mechanism to formally engage interested faculty in Cancer Center activities such as meetings, retreats, and seminars. These individuals are welcomed to participate in Program and Center activities in a non-voting capacity.
Member Benefits include:
1) access to HCI-managed Shared Resources, with the highest priority afforded to members who hold NCI-recognized, peer-reviewed grants (All)
2) access to Program development funds (Type 1, 2)
3) eligibility for support via the Director's Translational Research Initiative (Type 1, 2)
4) receipt of information on external funding opportunities (All)
5) receipt of the Cancer Center newsletter (Beacon) and direct notification of special seminars and other Cancer Center activities (All)
6) opportunities to interact with cancer research-oriented colleagues via meetings, special seminars, and symposia, as well as the annual scientific retreat (All)
7) clinical research support (All)
8) formal opportunities to provide input on Program and Shared Resource development (Type 1, 2)
9) listing as a member on the HCI website (All)
In addition to the specific credentials and criteria associated with each membership category, it is expected that all members will do the following:
1) participate in Cancer Center activities such as collaborative research projects and/or clinical trials, meetings, seminars, and retreats
2) respond to requests for information on research progress, other support, publications, and biosketch with timely and accurate submissions
3) acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant in publications where appropriate
Membership Application and Review
Membership is open to individuals who hold faculty appointments at the University of Utah. New Program Members and Associate Members are appointed based on their potential to contribute to the scientific objectives of the Cancer Center and have research portfolios that are aligned with the goals of a Research Program. Continuing membership is granted based on actual contributions. Applications for membership are considered on a rolling basis. A CV, biosketch, and application are submitted by the candidate to the HCI Office of Research Administration. The relevant Program leader presents the application to the members of the HCI Research Leadership Council, the candidate is discussed, and a vote is taken. A vote of the Research Leadership Council is advisory to the HCI CEO/Director, who has ultimate responsibility for appointment of Cancer Center members. Membership is reviewed annually, in conjunction with the CCSG progress report or competitive renewal. In addition, all Program Members and Associate Members who have space assigned by HCI undergo coordinated annual review by an HCI Senior Director and their department leadership; successful review is required to retain Cancer Center space and other resources. Responsibility for final appointment decisions is held by the Office of the HCI CEO/Director. Assignment of HCI space is negotiated with department chairs and made under the authority of the HCI CEO/Director. Non-Program aligned members are appointed by the HCI CEO/Director upon recommendation of a member of the Research Leadership Council; these appointments are also reviewed annually.