Research Program Membership Guidelines

Membership Criteria for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (Updated November, 2013)

Full Cancer Center Members

New Appointment – New Full Members will be researchers who are active investigators participating in cancer-relevant research at The University of Iowa and are currently supported by peer-reviewed funding for that research. Funded grants on which other investigators are the Principal Investigator can qualify a researcher for Full Membership if the applicant provides a description of how their contribution to the research represents a unique scientific contribution to the research project. Associate Members or Clinical Members who wish to apply to be Full Members may do so at any time, and will be evaluated by the criteria outlined above.

Reappointment - Full Members will be reviewed every 3 years. Reappointment as a Full Member will be made if the investigator continues to perform and publish cancer-relevant research at The University of Iowa and has peer-reviewed funding for that research within the past 4 years. External peer-reviewed support is necessary for reappointment to Full Membership. Approved grants on which other investigators are the Principal Investigator can qualify a researcher for reappointment to Full Membership if the applicant provides a description of how their contribution to the research represents a unique scientific contribution to the research project.

Provisional Full Member
A provisional Full member will be an experienced and productive scientist who has completed a full HCCC membership application, but who is doing work that is not clearly cancer relevant. Following approval, the provisional Full member will be serve for 1 year, during which time the Provisional Full member will have privileges similar to a Full member with respect to Cores and the CCSG. After that year, the provisional Full member will be asked to submit an update outlining how their research has become more cancer relevant over that year. If no update is provided, then the provisional Full membership will be terminated. If an update is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Leadership committee, which will determine whether the research is cancer relevant and whether the provisional Full member should be considered a Full member. Applicants will be told that provisional status will not be renewable for a second year, although the Leadership committee will be allowed to make an exception to this rule under extraordinary circumstances.

Associate Members - Associate Members will be active cancer researchers who are early in their careers and have not yet obtained peer-reviewed funding for research, and/or have internal peer review funding made by the HCCC Research Review Committee, or established cancer researchers who have not had peer-reviewed funding for the past 4 years.

Clinical Members – Clinical Members will be clinicians who dedicate a minimum of 50% of their effort to the care of cancer patients at the University of Iowa and have demonstrated a commitment to the cancer center research mission. This can include enrollment of patients on clinical protocols or serving as investigators on cancer research projects such as industry supported clinical trials.

Trainee membership

A trainee member can be at any level of training (graduate student, medical student, resident, fellow, etc). Trainee Member applicants should provide a letter that includes training plans for the next year and long term goals related to cancer medicine or cancer research.  Applicants are also asked to provide a completed membership application form, CV, and letter of support from a current Cancer Center Member (can be a clinical, associate or full member). Trainee members will not be listed on the National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant or get preferred treatment at HCCC Cores, but will be on our mailing list, and can list “Trainee member of HCCC” on their CVs. Appointment will be for one year, and can be renewed based on re-application as long as they remain trainees.