Membership in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) is available to Columbia University faculty (Assistant, Associate, or Professor level) with interests in cancer, cancer-related research, clinical trials and training, and who meet the criteria outlined below. Applications for membership are subject to the approval of the HICCC Membership Committee and Senior Leadership Team.

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There are three categories of membership, each associated with different criteria:


Any one of the following satisfies the eligibility requirement for a Member:

  1. Faculty with a demonstrated commitment to cancer research, as evidenced by current cancer research grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or an NCI-approved peer-review agency or organization (listed on page 2 of the application).
  2. Faculty with a developing interest in cancer research, as demonstrated by submission of a NCI grant application within the last three years (whether funded or not). Faculty who apply for membership on this basis should include the cover page of the Summary Statement from the NCI Scientific Review Group (i.e., the “pink sheet”) with their HICCC membership application.
  3. Newly recruited faculty in cancer research applying for independent funding within three years of recruitment.
  4. Faculty who hold a HICCC leadership position (research programs, committees or shared resources).

Clinical Member

Any one of the following satisfies the eligibility requirement for a Clinical Member:

  1. Faculty clinicians who enrich the overall interdisciplinary research environment of the HICCC through an active role in cancer clinical trials and/or accrue patients to cancer clinical trials.
  2. Faculty who conducts clinical research as a leader of clinical trials, or serves as committee chair on NCI-sponsored clinical research committees.

Associate Member

Associate members are faculty with expertise to enrich the overall interdisciplinary research environment of the HICCC, but who do not qualify as a research or clinical member. A candidate for Associate membership usually meets one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Faculty from a non-Columbia University-affiliated organization who otherwise meets membership criteria, and is engaged in collaborative research with a member(s) of the HICCC, the nature of such collaboration supporting the goals of the HICCC.
  2. An independent researcher in a field(s) not represented by traditional academic departments at Columbia University (e.g., nursing, oncology social work) whose efforts are deemed important or essential to the goals of the HICCC.


Responsibilities and Privileges


Membership will be reviewed and renewed annually, based on membership criteria.
Full Members, Associate Members and Clinical Members are expected to contribute to the Cancer Center through support of and participation in Cancer Center activities, and to:

  • Demonstrate collaboration and interaction with other Cancer Center investigators.
  • Support the Cancer Center's mission, goals and priorities.
  • Provide the Cancer Center with an annual summary of research activities and NIH biosketch updates


  • Use of Cancer Center shared resources (subsidized rates available to Full Members).
  • Eligible to apply for targeted funding and developmental funds (Full Members).
  • Participate in Cancer Center-sponsored seminars, special events and retreats.