Research Membership

This category is for U of I faculty who are actively conducting basic, translational, clinical, or population-based cancer research and have recent cancer-related publications in peer-reviewed journals, actively participate in a CC research program or other CC activities, and are primary users of CC-sponsored shared resources. Research members are the major focus of descriptions in the Cancer Center Support Grant application that is used when applying for NCI designation.
An individual must be one of the following:
• a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a peer-reviewed, cancer relevant funded research grant (includes P01 project leaders);
• a principal investigator of an investigator-initiated cancer clinical trial while accruing a minimum of five patients to clinical trials per year;
• a principal investigator who is a leader of a national cooperative group clinical trial while accruing a minimum of five patients to clinical trials per year.

Associate Research Membership

This category is for U of I faculty who actively participate in CC research programs and/or other activities and utilize CC shared resources.
An individual must be one of the following:
• a junior investigator with non- peer reviewed cancer relevant research funding such as NIH K awards or other career development awards, ACS IL awards, CC pilot project awards. The CC senior leadership and program leaders closely monitor and advise junior investigators with the goal of transitioning them to Research member status within three years.
• a co-investigator on a peer-reviewed, cancer relevant funded research grant;
• a principal investigator on a local cooperative group trial or industry-initiated trial who accrues a minimum of five patients to clinical trials per year.

Affiliate Membership 

This category is primarily for the following individuals:
• Junior investigators, including non-faculty investigators (such as post doc trainees, non-tenure track assistant professors, research associates, instructors and other clinical staff actively involved in the research enterprise) with a cancer research interest and/or significant involvement;
• Full time clinical faculty providing patient care and trial accrual but not involved in initiating their own research initiatives;
• Tenured U of I faculty who may or may not have extramural funding in other research areas but are interested in transitioning their research from another field into cancer.