Membership Policy

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We have an inclusive and diverse membership who contribute to our vibrant research community.

Eligibility Criteria for JAX Cancer Center Membership

Membership is open to faculty, staff, and trainees who provide substantive expertise to the overall research mission of the JAXCC and participate in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Serve as PI or key personnel on a cancer-relevant, peer-reviewed, externally funded research grant.
  2. Authorship on publication(s) in a cancer relevant journal(s).
  3. Hold a leadership role in developing resources, reagents, instruments, or methodologies that are integral to achieving cancer center-focused research goals.
  4. Principal developer and/or PI of peer-reviewed grant-supported resources and programs for educational outreach to regional and/or national cancer research and care communities including basic and translational researchers, oncologists and patients.
  5. JAX-affiliated trainees who are working on cancer relevant projects.

Within our Center’s membership, Program Members are defined by reporting requirements of NCI’s Cancer Center Support Grant.

Program members must have an independent faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on grants that meet the NCI's criteria for peer-reviewed research funding*. The Co-Program Leaders will assess the grants to ensure they meet the minimum criteria for cancer relevance and align with the program's objectives.
  2. Have publications that meet or exceed the minimum criteria for cancer relevance, as determined by grant assignments.

Non-faculty staff contributing significantly to the program's goals may be considered for membership on a case-by-case basis. All Program members are expected to fulfill the funding criteria within three years of joining the program.

Membership Application Process:

Candidates for membership can be nominated by the Director, Co-Program Leaders, other JAXCC members, or may self-nominate. To initiate the request, please contact the Office of the JAX Cancer Center ( with information about your cancer-relevant work, grants, publications, etc.

The Center’s Co-Program Leaders will review all applications for program membership eligibility and provide recommendations to the Director for final approval. Invitations to new members or notifications of changes in membership status will be communicated through letters or emails from the Director, co-signed by the Co-Program Leaders. New members who meet the requirements can be added at any time.

Membership Responsibilities:

All members are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Provide a current NIH-formatted Biosketch and a brief description of their cancer-related research and activities for use on the Cancer Center website and in other cancer center related communications.
  • Participate in Cancer Center program meetings and interest groups.
  • Engage in collaborative cancer research with internal and external colleagues.
  • Participate in JAXCC educational programs and activities.
  • Acknowledge JAXCC affiliation and NCI CCSG (P30CA034196) in publications, presentations, and posters as appropriate.
  • Serve as scientific reviewers for JAXCC pilot project applications when requested.

Membership Review

Membership status will be reviewed at least every two years by the Director and Co-Program leaders. If the individual continues to meet the initial appointment criteria, their membership can be maintained.

Membership Benefits

Program members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to apply for CCSG sponsored pilot and/or new investigator awards (Note: non-faculty members' applications must include a Cancer Center Program member as Co-PI).
  • Opportunity to apply for the Brooks Scholar Award, which provides up to two years of funding for a post-doctoral fellow working at the interface of aging and cancer.
  • Invitations to participate in Cancer Center sponsored seminars, workshops, and retreats.
  • Free registration for the Cancer Short Course and other JAX sponsored cancer-related courses and conferences.
  • Access to the Shared Resources.
  • Enhanced opportunities to develop collaborative research efforts.
  • Access to JAX CC administrative resources and personnel.

Additional Benefits for Trainee Members

Trainee members may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Invitation to the JAXCC Trainee Symposium.
  • Eligibility for JAXCC-funded travel awards.
  • Free registration for the Cancer Short Course.
  • Invitation to act as a session host at the Cancer Research Forum.
  • Access to JAXCC-facilitated translational/clinical oncology experiences, including the GTB.
  • Registration support to attend virtual conferences with a mentor.
  • Receive a Certificate of Achievement as a JAX Cancer Scholar upon meeting specific requirements, including maintaining good academic standing, fulfilling the Ethics course requirement, participating in the Cancer Short Course, attending Introduction to the GTB, and giving a cancer-relevant presentation at an extramural regional or national conference.

Administrative Reporting: Refer to policies for Assigning Cancer Relevance to Grants and Publications

If you have any questions about this policy, or about becoming a JAXCC member, please contact

*NCI peer-reviewed grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts: R00, R01, R03, R15, R18, R21, R24, R25, R33, R37, R41, R42, R43, R44, R55, R56, P01, P20, P30s other than the CCSG, P50, SC1, SC2, U01, U10, U19, U54, U56, T32, K and F series awards and N01s (excluding SEER and other N01s funding materials, services, or research resources). Other NIH Institutes and Approved Funding Organizations.

Research Program Committee members: Director, Deputy Director (Chair), Co-Program Leaders, AD Research Administration, Director of Research Program Development with others as needed.