Cancer Center Membership

Categories of Membership

There are two categories of membership, each with specific criteria relating to the NCI designated functions of the institution, as described below.


  • Participating Member
  • Associate Member

Apply for Membership

To begin the application process please visit the Membership page.

Membership Criteria

Participating Membership

  • Have a salaried or non-salaried faculty appointment at UC San Diego or San Diego State University
  • Hold an NIH R01 cancer-related grant or equivalent peer-reviewed grant
  • Eligibility to participate in meetings and joint research activities of a sponsored Moores Cancer Center research program
  • Have recent publications that are relevant to cancer and/or cancer focused
  • Have a Moores Cancer Center leadership role to organize an essential activity or service, as appointed by the center director
  • Be significantly collaborating with other peer-reviewed Moores Cancer Center members
  • Be leading investigator-initiated Moores Cancer Center clinical trials or accruing significant numbers of patients (at least five per year) to such trials
  • Systematically assisting in the procurement of clinical specimens for cancer-related research

Associate Membership

  • Scientific and/or medical UC San Diego or SDSU faculty who are clearly and consistently interested in cancer (as defined by their field of research or area of clinical activity)
  • Wish to be regularly involved in Moores Cancer Center activities such as retreats and seminars
  • Have a salaried or non-salaried faculty appointment at UC San Diego or San Diego State University
  • Do not hold any NIH grant funding (such as an NIH R01 cancer-related grant or equivalent peer-reviewed grant)

Benefits of Moores Cancer Center Membership

Associate Members

  • Access to Moores Cancer Center functions, including lectures and seminars
  • Opportunities to participate in center-organized, pharmaceutical-sponsored group clinical trials
  • Access to repository of skills, expertise and knowledge in the Moores Cancer Center for assisting public or individual understanding of cancer related issues
  • Access to help from public relation or member relation Moores Cancer Center personnel in obtaining information about center programs, services and cancer news
  • Representation of members interests by the Moores Cancer Center in dealings concerning the School of Medicine, the University and the surrounding community
  • Entitlement to attend Moores Cancer Center-sponsored retreats, lectures, seminars and journal clubs
  • Eligibility to apply for Moores Cancer Center intramural grant monies for pilot projects or as stipulated by a given RFA
  • Eligibility for support from the Moores Cancer Center in public announcement of research and clinical achievements
  • Eligibility to participate in the meetings and joint research activities of a sponsored Moores Cancer Center research program
  • Preferred access to Moores Cancer Center shared resource facilities
  • Eligible for waived fees to attend the annual Usha Mahajani Symposium on Molecular Medicine held each year in La Jolla
  • Featured on the Moores Cancer Center's website, and granted access to the OncLine intranet

(Associate Members can change to participating membership when criteria are fulfilled.)

Participating Members

In addition to the benefits noted above for associate members:

  • Entitlement to use Moores Cancer Center shared resources at discounted rates relative to other users*
  • Eligibility to occupy Moores Cancer Center research space
  • Eligibility for additional intramural grant cycles which mandate strong scientific interactivity in Moores Cancer Center
  • Eligibility for financial stipends to attend meetings in support of basic, clinical and prevention research collaborations
  • Eligibility for financial support of seminar series' that parallel the Moores Cancer Center's mission
  • Eligibility to participate on NIH Moores Cancer Center-type grant efforts (P01, or nominated opportunities, etc.)
  • Assistance with financial management of research grants if occupying Moores Cancer Center space
  • Entitlement to propose new shared resources which would facilitate and advance new research activities and initiatives
  • Entitlement to help with designing statistically valid laboratory experiments and clinical trials
  • Access to help with launching new diagnostic and therapeutic clinical trials or being partnered with clinicians who can help translate bench discoveries into clinical trials. This includes help with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and federal regulatory requirements (IND’s, etc.
  • Participation in group benefits negotiated by Moores Cancer Center on behalf of center members e.g. improved research or clinical space or facilities, clinical specimen (blood, urine, tissue) collection, improved animal space, etc.
  • Opportunity to participate in shaping the future of Moores Cancer Center

Note: At the sole discretion of the director, junior or new UC San Diego faculty who have been recruited by Moores Cancer Center and approved as associate members may receive discounted shared resource rates.

Duties of Membership

Associate Members

  • Willingness to help the Moores Cancer Center to help the public or to help other members as much as is feasible
  • Willingness to help accrue patients to center-associated clinical trials where possible
  • Acknowledgement of membership in Moores Cancer Center in reports of research findings
  • Willingness to speak on behalf of Moores Cancer Center as community liaison, as requested
  • Willingness to participate, as requested from time to time, in Moores Cancer Center leadership, advisory or selection committees, grant reviews, community liaison and public relations efforts, recruitment interviews, attendance at retreats, seminars and lectures
  • Willingness to provide reports on pilot research conducted with Moores Cancer Center intramural awards

Participating Members

In addition to duties for associate members:

  • Willingness to develop investigator-initiated clinical trials
  • Willingness to accrue patients to cooperative and other Moores Cancer Center clinical trials
  • Sustained evidence of cancer-related publications and grants
  • Acknowledgement of Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego in publications if occupying Moores Cancer Center space or if supported by developmental or intramural grant funding
  • Acknowledgment, in publications, of Moores Cancer Center shared resources used in that work*
  • Participating in at least one Moores Cancer Center sponsored retreat per academic year
  • Attendance at Moores Cancer Center research program meetings as requested
  • Evidence of interaction with other Moores Cancer Center members as defined by joint publications, joint grants or joint research activities
  • Willingness to provide annual update of publications, grants obtained and summary of current research interests. For members in leadership roles, annual updates of Biosketches are also required
  • Willingness to participate in an annual member survey to assist Moores Cancer Center in its strategy and service planning efforts
  • Willingness to accrue patients to institutional clinical trials and, where appropriate, to national Cooperative group trials organized by NSABP, CALGB, SWOG, POG, GOG etc.

*Shared Resources: Biorepository and Tissue Technology, Biostatistics, Clinical Trials, Diet and Physical Activity, Digital Imaging, Flow Cytometry, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Microscopy, Radiation Medicine, Transgenic Core.

Member Assessment, Continuation and Termination

The key mission of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is to nurture multidisciplinary collaborations among UC San Diego clinicians and researchers on the cancer problem and thus facilitate the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Our programs and activities are designed with this mission in mind, much of which is financially supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Our effectiveness and continued designation as an NCI-comprehensive cancer center is measured by the research successes of participating members; the productivity and value-added research support of our core facilities; and inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations among our members. The interactive participation of members in Moores Cancer Center-sponsored events and activities, therefore, is an important benchmark of our success, both as an organized research unit of the UC system, and as an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Helpful to assessing interaction is the use of a web-based member survey, which is done every 1-2 years. Emailed to all members, a simple point-and-click system is in place and a member is not required to answer all questions – only those that are personally applicable. The Survey also invites members to submit recommendations to help Moores Cancer Center make decisions and authorize expenditures to enrich the research, teaching and patient care environments of our members. Each membership level has a published list of outlined responsibilities, and the overall review will take these into consideration as well.

We encourage an annual response to the survey by all members, and a generous time frame is provided for response to it. There is no penalty for failure to participate in the first survey however a lack of participation for two surveys will generate an internal membership review by the Moores Cancer Center director or his representatives, which may lead to termination of the membership.


If non-participation is determined on a variety of levels, a letter is issued to the member by the director’s office. The member is removed from all notification lists, and access to preferred service pricing is discontinued.


If terminated an appeal with reasonable written justification to the Moores Cancer Center director can be made. This will be followed by a review by the senior leadership, and membership can be reinstated for a 12-month probationary period. At the end of one year, a follow-up review will occur utilizing the same guidelines. Written confirmation of the reinstated membership will also occur at that time.

Future Membership

A former member with new research focus on the cancer problem, evidenced by publications and grants, is eligible to apply for new membership following the standard application procedures.