Membership Criteria

Eligibility criteria for IU Simon Cancer Center membership varies according to the types of membership.

Full membership is designed primarily for research or clinical faculty who fulfill most of the criteria below:
  • Full-time faculty member
  • Principal Investigator on an actively funded NCI or other peer-reviewed, cancer-related research grant (as defined by NCI guidelines) OR
  • Principal Investigator of IUSCC Investigator Initiated Trial OR
  • Service as protocol chairperson for a national peer-reviewed (CTEP) clinical trial OR service as a senior leader of a national peer-reviewed funded cooperative group OR service as a lead investigator initiated cancer-related clinical trial
  • Publish on cancer-related research; intra-programmatic and inter-programmatic collaborative publications of highest priority

Full members will be reviewed annually by program leaders.

Full members will have three years after losing peer reviewed grant funding to renew their funding or their status will change to inactive. In addition, full members must have published within the last three years or the membership status will change to inactive.


Associate membership is designed for newly recruited full-time research faculty who have not obtained cancer related funding and are in their start-up period. It is also designed for more established faculty from other disciplines who demonstrate a cancer-related research interest, either through publications and grant submissions, but have not yet obtained cancer-related peer-reviewed funding. While, at the time of membership, they are not required to have peer-reviewed support or play a significant role in a national cooperative group, they must show the promise of attaining these goals and their progress is reviewed as a part of the annual review process. It is anticipated that full membership will be attained in six years or less via cancer-focused peer-reviewed funding or clinical research in cancer.


Affiliate membership is designed primarily for clinical faculty who make meaningful contributions to the research, education, patient care and community outreach activities of the IUSCC, but do not meet the above criteria for full or associate membership.