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The Wilmot Cancer Institute invites and encourages all University of Rochester faculty who have a strong cancer focus and commitment to collaboration to become members of the Institute. Members work in interdisciplinary groups to investigate all aspects of cancer through program project grants, regular meetings of research programs, disease working groups, and retreats. Current Wilmot members hold more than $29 million in annual funding. Since 2016, accrual to interventional treatment trials has grown by more than 70%.

Institute members actively participate in Wilmot program meetings or research committees. They are invited to attend Wilmot seminars and research retreats. Members receive discounted rates for Wilmot shared resources for cancer-related research projects and are eligible for Wilmot funding opportunities.

Complete the Wilmot Membership Interest Form.

To learn more about becoming a Wilmot member, please contact Thom Fogg, Assistant Director for Research Administration, at or (585) 275-5249.

Membership Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in Wilmot research program meetings or a disease working group
  • Provide updated information at least annually for required Cancer Center Support Grant reporting, including regarding cancer-relevant extramural funding, NIH biosketch, publications, and leadership roles (nationally and institutionally)
  • Acknowledge use of Wilmot-supported shared resources or support from Wilmot research development awards or pilot project funding
  • Participate in Wilmot seminars, retreats, and other programs and offerings
  • Actively participate in appointed Wilmot committees (e.g., pilot grant review committees, Protocol Review Committee, Data and Safety Monitoring Committee)

Membership Criteria

Wilmot membership is open to all salaried University of Rochester faculty who have made significant contributions in terms of time, effort or resources to the development of cancer research at Wilmot. The Wilmot Membership Committee meets periodically to review new membership applications; the committee’s recommendations go to Wilmot senior leadership for final decisions.

  • PI - Cancer-Relevant
    A faculty member who currently serves, or has served, as PI, multiple PI or subproject PI for an extramural peer-reviewed, cancer-relevant, funded research project award and who has a demonstrated history of cancer-focused research productivity.
  • High Enroller
    A faculty member who has enrolled 15 or more participants in interventional cancer research studies over the last 12-month period.
  • National Leadership
    A faculty member who serves in a leadership role for the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), or other cancer-focused, NIH-funded cooperative research group (e.g., a study chair for an active trial, or NCTN Committee Chair).
  • Wilmot Leadership
    A faculty member who serves in a Wilmot leadership role that facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of research (i.e., Assistant Director, Associate Director, DWG chair, or other committee chair).
  • Junior Investigator
    A faculty member who has been appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor within the prior three-year period, and who also has a demonstrated track record in cancer-focused research as shown by publications or research funding.
  • Early Career Investigator (Associate Membership)
    A faculty member at the rank of Instructor, Senior Instructor, Research Assistant Professor, or Assistant Professor, who is working toward independent, peer-reviewed cancer-relevant funding.
  • Senior Investigator (Associate Membership)
    A faculty member who is working toward independent, peer-reviewed cancer-relevant funding.