Research Community Membership and Eligibility

Who is eligible for membership?

Research Members

UK faculty actively conducting basic, translational, clinical or population-based cancer research meeting at least one of the following criteria.

  • Principal investigators on cancer-related, peer-reviewed grants from external agencies. 
  • Previously funded investigators who no longer have cancer-related, peer-reviewed external funding, but remain productive and are actively seeking extramural support. The period of time without external, peer-reviewed funding should not exceed two years. 

Associate Research Members

UK faculty meeting at least one of the following criteria.

  • Junior principal investigators or mid-career principal investigators on externally funded career development awards or any principal investigator leading contracts from external agencies, non-peer reviewed grants, MCC internal seed grants or other peer-reviewed grants.
  • Clinical researchers with non-peer reviewed funding who serve as principal investigator of national or local investigator-initiated clinical trials (e.g., institutional principal investigator for national cooperative group or industry-sponsored trials), play a national leadership role in an NCI-sponsored cooperative group or senior investigators with a major scientific or clinical leadership role in MCC.
  • Faculty with expertise or a service role that is critical to the research program, clinical, education, outreach activities and/or mission of the cancer center.

Membership process

A UK faculty member in good standing may request consideration for membership at any time. Interested individuals should complete and submit the online form. Please note: as part of the online submission, you will need to upload or enter the following items:

  • Your area of clinical or research interest. Please summarize your cancer-related research interests and current activities. The link to cancer should be clearly stated.  If you are currently collaborating with other cancer investigators, please summarize the collaborations. 250 words maximum.
  • The number of patients you have enrolled into cancer-related clinical trials within the past year (if applicable)
  • Your current NIH-style biosketch.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Danielle Story

Applications are reviewed by the Markey Cancer Center Membership Committee, as well as the program leaders for those programs most likely to benefit from a prospective member’s involvement. All recommendations from the membership committee are provided to the Director and the Director’s Council. The Director has final authority in determining membership and reserves the right to reassign or disallow the membership category and Program assignment based on current criteria.

Duration, review and renewal of membership

Membership in the Markey Cancer Center research community is intended to remain in effect as long as the designated member remains actively engaged in cancer-related research and is contributing to the overall success of the Center and its associated programs.

Membership status will be reviewed annually by the Membership Committee. This requires submission of an updated curriculum vitae or NIH formatted biosketch, along with an updated summary of activities related to the MCC.

Recommendations for any adjustments in programmatic alignment or categorical assignment of membership will be forwarded to the Director's Council for final approval.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.