UCRF Strategic Plan


The Cancer Research Fund Committee has approved the University Cancer Research Fund Strategic Plan.

The overall strategic planning process began in May, 2008 with broad input on UCRF goals and directions. In addition to listening sessions held around campus, the strategic planning consultants (AltshulerGray) conducted interviews with 50 key stakeholders, surveyed more than 200 UNC faculty and met with the UNC Lineberger Program Planning Committee.

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Based on the stakeholder interviews the following guiding principles were developed:

A clear set of ground rules was established for determining how UCRF funds should be best spent:

At the same time, it was agreed that UCRF funds should not:

As a result of extensive analysis and faculty feedback, including a faculty-wide survey, three interconnected thematic research priorities were identified as key strategic focus areas:

In addition, the UCRF planning process recognized that outstanding clinical cancer research requires an equally strong clinical program that can reach out across the state to share its expertise and research opportunities. The Fund, therefore, should invest in building clinical excellence and outreach by: