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Benefits and responsibilities of Massey membership

VCU Cancer Center research membership offers a number of privileges and also encompasses a variety of responsibilities. Membership eligibility and privileges are defined by a candidate’s level of current cancer-related research activity.

Categories of Membership

There are three categories of VCU Massey Cancer Center membership: member, associate member and affiliate member.

Member

Members are full-time faculty who participate in cancer research activities and make contributions to the mission of the Center through their cancer-related, peer-review-funded research programs. Such contributions are exemplified by sustained cancer-related research productivity, and promotion of and participation in interdisciplinary and collaborative cancer research. Members make significant use of and their research programs benefit from the Center’s shared resource core lab infrastructure.

Associate member

Associate members are full-time faculty who fit into a variety of categories that include emerging scientists who are developing cancer-related research or collaborations, clinicians primarily involved in cancer patient care activities that are linked in some way to research and faculty who may play key roles in ongoing advisory or consulting activities.

Affiliate member

Other individuals able to make contributions to Massey’s mission may be appointed as affiliate members, and they are considered on a case-by-case basis. These may include faculty, professional staff and others who do not fit into either of the member or associate member categories.

Membership Benefits and Responsibilities

Based on research interests, members and associate members are encouraged to participate in one of four MCC research programs: Cancer Cell Signaling (CCS), Cancer Molecular Genetics (CMG), Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC), and Developmental Therapeutics (DT). All members also receive official publications, notices of specific funding opportunities, announcements of Center-sponsored symposia and seminars and other appropriate Center activities. In addition, members will receive weekly NIH notices and funding opportunities announced through the previous week. These funding notices come from a variety of sources and are compiled into a single email for ease of communication.

Research Members

  • Eligible for allocation of cancer center space, for cancer-related activities.
  • Eligible for MCC-supported bridge funding support.

Research Members and Associate Members

  • Eligible to apply for pilot project funding and other intramural funding offered by MCC.
  • Access to MCC shared resources at subsidized member rates.
  • Access to MCC-supported shared equipment.
  • Eligible for MCC’s Faculty Development Program.
  • Inclusion in MCC distribution lists on funding opportunities, cancer news, symposia and seminar announcements.
  • Receive a monthly funding newsletter that announces both upcoming federal and foundation funding opportunities.
  • Access to administrative support for the development of grant proposals and clinical trial protocols.
  • This includes scientific writing support for grant proposals, scientific manuscripts, and clinical trial protocols.
  • Free subscription to Cancer Letter publication.

Responsibilities of Research and Associate Membership

All MCC members are expected to contribute to the mission and growth of the Cancer Center through support of Cancer Center activities. The responsibilities of membership include:

  • Work with other MCC members to develop programmatic and interdisciplinary research that further the scientific goals of the Cancer Center and lead to collaborative publications and research grants.
  • Participate in cancer center events including research program meetings, retreats, seminars, committees and disease working group meetings.
  • Review grant applications received under MCC’s intramural grant programs if asked to do so.
  • Acknowledge MCC, use of center space, use of MCC shared resources, and other support from the center in cancer-related publications and presentations.
  • Participate in the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) application process to the NCI.
  • Participate in MCC’s Faculty Development Program.
  • Participate actively in the MCC’s education efforts, including appropriate symposia, cancer center curricula for fellows, graduate students and postdoctoral students, as well as undergraduate programs and community education.
  • Provide updated research information and progress, clinical trials information and accruals, other support, publications, CVs, and biosketches as requested, but no less than annually, in order to ensure that administration is up to date on all information needed for various reporting requirements.