ICGC Goals, Structure, Policies and Guidelines (February 2010)

ICGC Goal: To obtain a comprehensive description of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic changes in 50 different tumor types and/or subtypes which are of clinical and societal importance across the globe.

ICGC Research Members

To join the ICGC as a Research Member*, nominations must originate from an ICGC Funding Member that will provide support to the research organization. Research Members will have the demonstrated capability and capacity to support a Cancer Genome Project and will perform ICGC-affiliated cancer genome research according to the set of commonly agreed-upon policies and guidelines described in this document. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. Such organizations will need to have existing or committed funds from an ICGC Funding Member.

*As of December 2012, the Executive Committee of the ICGC decided to stop accepting new members, given that the Consortium has reached key milestones in regards to committed projects and that the focus has shifted to delivering high quality datasets.

When appropriate and feasible, the Data Coordination Center can continue to host datasets from non-ICGC groups that have compatible datasets.

Research Members can be:

  1. A research center or network of national or international research groups organized to acquire and analyze samples for one or more cancer genome projects;
  2. A genome, cancer, clinical, ethics, bioinformatics (or other) center which contributes significantly to the operations of several cancer genome projects.

Given that these organizations will likely have different structures, and include many investigators, clinicians, scientific managers, as well as clinical and technical staff, each organization will be asked to nominate representatives to participate in ICGC coordination activities, such as the International Scientific Steering Committee, working groups, workshops, and ICGC meetings. At least one member for each Affiliate project will be invited to join the ICGC scientific workshops. One scientist from each Affiliate project will be invited to join the International Scientific Steering Committee teleconferences.

Researchers wishing to apply for funding to support an ICGC project (large-scale or Affiliate status) can contact the ICGC Secretariat for a letter of support. When funding is obtained, ICGC will request a letter from the funding organization to confirm the funding commitment.


To join the ICGC as a Research Member, nominations must originate from an ICGC Funding Member that will provide support to the research organization. Research Members will have the demonstrated capability and capacity to support a Cancer Genome Project and will perform ICGC-affiliated cancer genome research according to the set of commonly agreed-upon policies and guidelines described in this document. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. Such organizations will need to have existing or committed funds from an ICGC Funding Member. Research Members can be:

  1. A research center or network of national or international research groups organized to acquire and analyze samples for one or more cancer genome projects;
  2. A genome, cancer, clinical, ethics, bioinformatics (or other) center which contributes significantly to the operations of several cancer genome projects.

Given that these organizations will likely have different structures, and include many investigators, clinicians, scientific managers, as well as clinical and technical staff, each organization will be asked to nominate representatives to participate in ICGC coordination activities, such as the International Scientific Steering Committee, working groups, workshops, and ICGC meetings. At least one member for each Affiliate project will be invited to join the ICGC scientific workshops. One scientist from each Affiliate project will be invited to join the International Scientific Steering Committee teleconferences. Researchers wishing to apply for funding to support an ICGC project (large-scale or Affiliate status) can contact the ICGC Secretariat for a letter of support. When funding is obtained, ICGC will request a letter from the funding organization to confirm the funding commitment.

To join the ICGC as a Research Member, nominations must originate from an ICGC Funding Member that will provide support to the research organization. Research Members will have the demonstrated capability and capacity to support a Cancer Genome Project and will perform ICGC-affiliated cancer genome research according to the set of commonly agreed-upon policies and guidelines described in this document. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. Such organizations will need to have existing or committed funds from an ICGC Funding Member. Research Members can be:

  1. A research center or network of national or international research groups organized to acquire and analyze samples for one or more cancer genome projects;
  2. A genome, cancer, clinical, ethics, bioinformatics (or other) center which contributes significantly to the operations of several cancer genome projects.

Given that these organizations will likely have different structures, and include many investigators, clinicians, scientific managers, as well as clinical and technical staff, each organization will be asked to nominate representatives to participate in ICGC coordination activities, such as the International Scientific Steering Committee, working groups, workshops, and ICGC meetings.

To join the ICGC as a Research Member, nominations must originate from an ICGC Funding Member that will provide support to the research organization. Research Members will have the demonstrated capability and capacity to support a Cancer Genome Project and will perform ICGC-affiliated cancer genome research according to the set of commonly agreed-upon policies and guidelines described in this document. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Executive Board. Such organizations will need to have existing or committed funds from an ICGC Funding Member. Research Members can be:

  1. A research center or network of national or international research groups organized to acquire and analyze samples for one or more cancer genome projects;
  2. A genome, cancer, clinical, ethics, bioinformatics (or other) center which contributes significantly to the operations of several cancer genome projects.

Given that these organizations will likely have different structures, and include many investigators, clinicians, scientific managers, as well as clinical and technical staff, each organization will be asked to nominate representatives to participate in ICGC coordination activities, such as the International Scientific Steering Committee, working groups, workshops, and ICGC meetings.

Last Updated on: 23 May 2013