Membership

Consideration of an individual for membership in the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) requires a major interest in promoting the mission of the UACC. 

 

UACC Membership Application Form

UACC CCSG Members: Faculty with a primary appointment in the University of Arizona (UA)* who meet at least one of the stipulations shown below are encouraged to apply for research- or associate research-level membership:

Member Category Included on Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG):

Research Member

  • Independently funded lead investigators (Principal Investigator (PI), Multiple-PI (MPI), or Project Director (PD) status on a Program Project Grant (PPG) Award) of a cancer-relevant, research project awarded by sponsors who employ peer review as defined by the Office of Cancer Centers. The award must be made to the fiscally responsible institution (University of Arizona). Subawards made to the UA are eligible as long as the applicant is named as a MPI or PD on the Notice of Award or on federal database known as the NIH RePORTER, or
  • UA Faculty with cancer-relevant research funding that has expired no more than 24 months prior the membership review date. The Faculty must be an active researcher intending to apply for peer-reviewed funding, or
  • PI of an interventional-treatment investigator-initiated cancer clinical trial who has accrued the following number of patients at a University of Arizona Clinical Research and/or Delivery Site:
    • 10 patients in the 12 months that precede the membership review date, or  
    • 20 patients in the 36 months that precede the membership review date, or
  • In limited circumstances, this category may include: senior faculty who do not fill the above criteria, but make a significant scientific impact to the research program including serving as co-investigators to Research Members’ peer-reviewed awards.

Associate Research Member

  • An investigator with non-peer-reviewed cancer-relevant research funding, or
  • An investigator leading a cancer relevant training grant, a career development award, or pilot funding from a peer-reviewed parent award (e.g., NIH K-awards, similar career development awards, and ACS-IRG awards). The UACC Senior and Program leadership closely monitor and advise these junior investigators with the goal of transitioning them to Research Member status within three years or their award issue date, or
  • Faculty not meeting the criteria for Research Member who serve as a Shared Resource Lead, or Co-Lead or, PRMS, DSMB, and SRC Chair, or
  • In limited circumstances, this category may include: mid-level faculty who do not fill the above criteria, but make a significant scientific impact on a research program including serving as co-investigators to Research Members’ peer-reviewed awards.

Member Category Not Included on CCSG:

Affiliate Member

  • UA faculty and non-faculty (e.g., postdoctoral  trainees, instructors, research associates, tenure- and non-tenure track researchers) who have no active, independent, extramural funding, but are interested and/or involved in cancer-relevant research, or
  • UA faculty, working in non-cancer related areas who are interested in making their research more cancer relevant, or
  • Investigators at other higher academic institutions deemed appropriate by the Director, who have initiated early interactions with UACC Members and participate in UACC activities.

Clinical Member

  • UA clinical faculty who are active in enrolling patients and are local site PIs of industry and/or NCI cooperative group-sponsored trials but do not meet the criteria of Research or Associate Research Member.
  • UACC physicians and Advanced Practice Providers directly involved in the UACC’s patient care mission but not initiating their own research.

* Under exceptional circumstances Members with appointments in other fiscally responsible institutions may be granted membership status as allowed by the sponsor and approved by the Program Leader and the Center Director according to the sponsor guidelines:
 
“Collaborators from other NCI-designated Cancer Centers or research institutions may become Center and program members. While the funded research projects of these members cannot count toward the funding base of the Program or the Center, these members may have full access to shared resources and developmental funds.”


General Membership Privileges Include:

  • Eligibility for research space in Cancer Center buildings under the authority of the Director and the UACC Space Committee
  • UACC website listing of Research Members and Associate Research Members
  • Access to Shared Resources and Common Equipment; Research Members receive priority use of, and rates for, the following UACC Shared Resources and Developing Research Cores and Services
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Behavioral Measurements and Intervention
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biostatistics
    • Cancer Imaging
    • Experimental Mouse
    • Flow Cytometry
    • Genomics
    • Proteomics
    • Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis
  • Clinical Protocol and Data Management services to including cancer clinical trial support of data management, pre- and post-award support, and protocol development assistance
  • Access to pre-award administrative services for multi-investigator, center-wide PPG proposals (P01 and P50s)
  • Waiver of registration fees for all UACC-sponsored conferences and retreats
  • Notification of available research awards, conferences, and seminars
  • Scientific and technical review of proposed research by scientific Program Members
  • Increased visibility through the UACC Public Affairs Office
  • Application for developmental funds, pilot project funding, and other special award funding through the UACC


Member Responsibilities:

Acknowledge the CCSG, P30CA023074, in manuscripts and presentations that

  1. contain results obtained in the CCSG shared resources, or
  2. receive CCSG supplement funds, or
  3. pilot projects that are funded by CCSG Developmental funds such as Basic-Clinical Research Partnerships

Research Members and Associate Research Members must actively participate in one of the UACC scientific Programs. This includes but is not limited to authorship of collaborative cancer-related manuscripts, development of new research projects, intra– and inter– programmatic project collaboration, attendance at the UACC Program meetings, sponsored conferences, and seminars.

Program Program Leaders
Therapeutic Development William Montfore, PhD; Daruka Mahadevan, MD, PhD
Cancer Imaging Jennifer Barton, PhD; Evan Unger, MD
Cancer Biology Nathan Ellis, PhD; Cynthia Miranti, PhD
Cancer Prevention & Control Sherry Chow, PhD; Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD
  • Clinical Members must actively participate in established UACC multidisciplinary clinics, tumor boards, disease- oriented teams (DOTs), clinical trial meetings, and other UACC-sponsored clinical and educational programmatic activities.
  • All members must submit all cancer-related studies involving humans and/or human specimens/data to the UACC’s Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board. All members’ cancer clinical trials will be routinely reviewed for accrual by the PRMC. The policies and procedures for the PRMC are available on the UACC website.
  • All members conducting clinical trials must provide information on cancer clinical studies (patient data, adverse events, protocol deviations, copies of IRB approval letters, revised protocols, audit reports, etc.) regardless of whether or not they utilize the UACC Clinical Trials Office.
  • All members conducting clinical trials must provide copies of IRB submissions in regards to serious adverse events, protocol deviations, and audit reports regardless if they utilize the UACC Clinical Trials Office or not.
  • Provide information annually to the UACC, or as required, to fulfill the CCSG applications to the
    • Updated Biosketches
    • Updated funding
    • Updated research interests
    • Copies of all published research papers and abstracts
    • Information on Clinical studies
    • Progress reports (as applicable)
  • All members must communicate to Program Leaders and Administration any major new cancer-related discoveries, grants, publications, and honors.
  • Participation with communication and development-related activities.

Application Process

Complete the online UACC Membership Application Form and upload an NIH-formatted biosketch including extramural support (CV if a biosketch is not available). Additional information can be obtained by contacting UACC-Membership@uacc.arizona.edu.

Individual applications are evaluated by Administration, recommended or rejected by the Program Leader and finally approved by the UACC Director. Voting on Applications occurs quarterly by electronic vote and includes a recommendation for each applicant by administration. Applicants receive notification of the decision on their applications.

Review of New Applications and Renewal of Membership

Membership is reviewed annually by the UACC Membership Committee and membership categories may be reassigned based on current review of category criteria and updated member information. Membership reassignment recommendations will then be sent to the UACC Director for approval. The Director has final authority for approval, disapproval, or termination of membership.