Research Program Membership Guidelines

Membership Criteria for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (Updated September, 2014)

Full Cancer Center Members - Full Members will be researchers who are active investigators participating in cancer-relevant research at The University of Iowa who can be in the tenure, clinical, research or research scientist track. 

  • Be PI on a peer-reviewed cancer relevant grant within the past 2 years.
  • Currently be supported for 10% effort or more as a co-investigator on a peer-reviewed cancer relevant grant.
  • Serve in a leadership role for a vital aspect of the cancer center.
  • Serve a leadership role in the clinical or population research efforts of the cancer center with 20% or more effort dedicated to clinical or population-based cancer investigation.

 Only full members will be listed as "members" in the CCSG P30 grant.

Provisional Full Member - A provisional Full member will be an experienced and productive scientist who has completed a full HCCC membership application and who meet the criteria for full membership, but who have only recently begun to do research that is cancer relevant (i.e. funding is in other areas). 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 2 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.