Comprehensive Cancer Center Membership & Guidelines

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) is a network of five interdisciplinary cancer-related research programs: Cancer Biology, Cancer Control, Translational Therapeutics, Leukemia Research and Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention.

These programs collectively comprise 294 scientists representing 11 of the 15 colleges at Ohio State. Their shared goal is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality through basic, clinical, prevention and population research that translates to innovative patient care and cancer-prevention strategies.

Ohio State is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The university has maintained this designation since 1976 through five-year competitive reviews by NCI surveyors. The designation was most recently renewed in 2015, when the NCI rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” its highest descriptor, for the second time in 10 years. With each re-designation comes a multi-million dollar NCI support grant that finances OSUCCC administration and 20 shared resources that facilitate collaboration among cancer researchers at Ohio State.

Several hundred thousand square feet of laboratory, office and clinical facilities are under total or shared control of the OSUCCC in buildings on the main campus and at Polaris Innovation Center a few miles north of campus.

The adult patient-care component of the OSUCCC is the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, a 21-story, 1.1-million-square-foot, 306-bed facility that opened in December 2014 as a transformational hospital that more closely integrates research and clinical care than ever before. The new facility – the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest and third-largest in the nation – replaced Ohio State’s original James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which opened in July 1990.

Membership Guidelines


The initial review of appointments of individuals as members of the cancer center is the responsibility of the deputy director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). The deputy director also reviews the current membership of the OSUCCC on an annual basis with the program leaders to ensure compliance with the OSUCCC policy. Final approval for all members of the OSUCCC resides with the OSUCCC director and coincides with the annual CCSG progress report.

Membership Criteria

All individuals applying for OSUCCC membership must either have an active faculty appointment at The Ohio State University or an affiliated university or be eligible for Principal Investigator status on research proposals (i.e. at the rank of Research Scientist, Fellow or higher).

Full Member

To obtain FULL membership status in the OSUCCC, an investigator must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a Principal Investigator on an actively funded NCI or other peer-reviewed, cancer-focused research grant or project within a multi-investigator grant (as defined by NCI guidelines). Members who have lost grant funding have two years to obtain new funding before being removed from membership.

  • Be an investigator that makes substantial contributions to cancer research. Significant contributions could be: 1) a PI of a national or investigator-initiated cancer trial; 2) an essential team member of a cancer-focused team project; 3) an essential contributor to authoring high-impact, cancer-focused manuscripts; 4) have an established cancer-focused research program; or 5) a director or co-director of a shared resource and make substantial contributions to scientific research.

  • Be a senior leader in the cancer program

Introductory Member

Faculty interested in cancer research, and within five years of their faculty appointment at Ohio State, are granted Introductory Member status. Other introductory members may be faculty who have performed research in other scientific areas but have expressed interest and are actively seeking to develop or significantly contribute to cancer-focused research (e.g. by obtaining cancer-related pilot funding). Introductory members have the same benefits of membership as full members. It is expected that introductory members will seek NCI or other peer-reviewed funding in cancer research as a Principal Investigator. Other significant contributions could be as PI of a cancer trial, being an essential team member of a cancer-focused team project or being an essential contributor to authoring cancer-focused manuscripts. Introductory members are also expected to actively participate in program meetings, present research seminars, work collaboratively on research projects within and among the OSUCCC programs, use the OSUCCC Shared Resources, attend the Annual Scientific Meeting, and if applicable, fully participate in our mission to accrue patients to clinical trials.

Application Procedure

To apply for membership in the OSUCCC, the investigator must submit the following information to the office of the Director of Research Operations of the OSUCCC:

This information will be reviewed by the appropriate OSUCCC program leader and, subsequently, by the OSUCCC associate directors and the deputy director for final approval.

This information is reviewed by the appropriate OSUCCC program leader and, subsequently, by the OSUCCC associate directors and deputy director. Final approval for OSUCCC membership is given by the director.

Program Alignment

Full OSUCCC members are typically aligned with only one OSUCCC research program. If the research efforts and funding of a member cross two programs, the director or his designate may allow alignment with more than one research program. Introductory members may only align with one program.

Members wanting to transfer between OSUCCC research programs must submit detailed written request to the deputy director. The deputy director will consult with the appropriate program leaders and recommend to the director if a change to programmatic alignment should be granted.

Membership Benefits

  • All members will have multiple opportunities to interact within and among each OSUCCC research program through events such as monthly program meetings, special seminars, PPG and SPORE development groups and at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Biosketches on all members will be maintained and reviewed by the OSUCCC administration.
  • All members have access to the shared resources and services of the OSUCCC underwritten by the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG). This includes preferential scheduling for all CCSG-sponsored shared resources.
  • All members are eligible to apply for research space. Full members are given priority in the assignment for laboratory space within the OSUCCC. Note: All grants/contracts for members in cancer center research space will be managed through OSUCCC administration.
  • All members are eligible to apply for internal OSUCCC funding opportunities, including intramural research and REAP awards. All members will be placed on the e-mail distribution list that provides information on internal and external funding opportunities, special seminars and updates to other OSUCCC activities.

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