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Membership Application & Guidelines

The structure of Cancer Center membership is one of the most critical decisions made by leadership. In accordance with the National Cancer Institute's guidelines, researchers are selected for membership based upon their scientific excellence and for their commitment to work together to further the scientific goals of the Cancer Center.

Membership Eligibility

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) membership is available to faculty at UCI or a non-UCI faculty member of another institution who is not a member of another NCI-designated cancer center and who has a substantial collaboration with a UCI Cancer Center member(s). To be considered, applicants must be eligible for principal investigator (PI) status on research proposals, have a predominant and productive interest in cancer or a related discipline, and be willing and able to contribute to CFCCC.

Program Alignment

Each member is aligned with one CFCCC Research Program, and as such applicants must indicate on the application which program best fits with their primary area of interest. Current programs are:

Categories & Criteria »

The Cancer Center has three levels of membership:

Program Member

A UC Irvine faculty member meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has independent cancer-relevant peer-reviewed research (non-training) funding from the NIH/NCI or an NCI-recognized organization
  • Is a project leader on a qualifying cooperative grant (e.g. P01, SPORE)
  • Holds a Cancer Center senior leadership position
  • Is a key new cancer-relevant recruit to UCI and within the first three years of appointment (i.e., junior faculty)


A UC Irvine faculty member meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Is a clinical research leader as evidenced by having P.I. status on an interventional clinical trial or a peer-reviewed non-interventional trial
  • Holds a cancer-relevant career development award from the NIH (K-series award) or an NCI-recognized organization

Associate Member

A UC Irvine faculty member or researcher, or a faculty member of another institution who is not a member of another NCI-designated cancer center and who has a substantial collaboration with a CFCCC member(s), meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Directs a CFCCC Shared Resource
  • Contributes in a substantial way to cancer-related research, patient care, education, or community service but does not qualify as a Program Member or Member; or a non-UCI faculty member of another
    institution who is not a member of another NCI-designated cancer center and who has a substantial collaboration with a UCI Cancer Center member(s).
Benefits »

All categories of members are provided regular information, primarily through e-mail, about Center research activities, symposia, education and outreach, and other activities in furtherance of the Cancer Center mission.  All categories of members, in addition, receive the following benefits:

  • Priority access to Cancer Center shared resources
  • Ability to apply for competitive access to intramural funds provided by the Center including pilot project and bridge funding
  • Integration into one of four multidisciplinary research programs 
  • Integration into one or more of the Disease-Oriented Teams (DOTs) responsible for feasibility review and approval of all clinical trials
  • Invitations to scientific conferences, retreats, seminars, and symposia 
  • Ability to apply for CCSG-supported leadership positions
  • Access to research and office space under the authority of the Cancer Center Director
  • Access to the CFCCC Executive Director of Development for assistance with fundraising
  • Administrative support for the budget creation and budget negotiation for all cancer clinical trial contracts and grants
  • Clinical Research Office regulatory and study management support
  • Administrative pre- and post-award management of major, collaborative funding proposals characterized by substantial, multidisciplinary participation of researchers
Responsibilities »

As part of the cancer research community, the benefits received by Members entail certain responsibilities, namely:

  • A focus on cancer research regardless of perspective (e.g., basic scientist, clinical researcher, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative activities with other members
  • Acknowledgement of Center membership in publications, cancer related presentations and poster presentations; acknowledge CCSG support (P30 CA062203) if Shared Resources are utilized in the conduct of the reported research or if CCSG-funded pilot project funds are awarded to the member
  • Submission of (1) a current “Other Support”, annually and (2) a current five-page NIH biosketch outlining cancer-relevant work, every five years
  • Regular attendance at meetings of the Program to which the member belongs
  • Reasonable availability for research-related activities including mentoring activities, reviewer assignments, fundraising activities, service on Center committees developed to enhance research
  • Attendance at the annual Cancer Center scientific meeting
  • Submission of information requested on behalf of the Cancer Center
Review »

Initial Review

Applications are initially reviewed by the appropriate program leaders and, if approved, are forwarded to CFCCC senior leadership for final approval.

Ongoing Review

Every two years, the status of all members will be reviewed for reappointment. In addition to meeting the criteria, a member's reappointment review will also evaluate ongoing activities associated with membership objectives.

In particular, consideration will be given to collaborative activities with members of the center’s programs, attendance at membership meetings sponsored by the programs or by the center, participation in center research efforts, leadership in significant outside organizations engaged with cancer, participation in peer-review study sections or other demonstrations of interaction with the cancer program.

As a consequence of review, members may have their categorical membership changed or terminated.

How to Apply »

Membership Application Procedure

To apply for membership, please complete the online application and provide the required attachments.

Each application will first be screened for eligibility by the CFCCC Administrative Unit before review by the respective Program Leaders and, subsequently, the Senior Leadership Council for final approval. Incomplete applications will be returned for completion before review. The membership review process takes three to four weeks.


For membership questions, contact Brian McClendon at bmcclend@uci.edu or 714-456-3628.