The experience of the two previous editions of our Spanish Cancer Research Networks (RTICCC and RTICC) has greatly helped in defining additional new criteria used in this proposal to fully define the structure, organization and management of the currently proposed cancer RETIC for the period 2013-2016 that should facilitate a better integration and increase of the collaborative cancer research efforts in our country and a measurable improvement of its quality and international competitiveness.
In comparison to previous RTICC editions, some of the new organizational details comprised in the current proposal for a new cancer RETIC involve new requisites or constraints regarding a minimal size of the research groups (at least 4stable staff investigators), the emphasis on translational and specific tumor-oriented research, the minimum/maximum size established for the research programs (each, min 6, max.15 groups) or the requirement for at least 50% of the groups in the overall network to carry out its cancer research in clinical settings.
Following those general criteria, the structure, organization and function of the future RETIC on cancer will revolve around several KEY SCIENTIFIC AND MANAGERIAL INSTRUMENTS, as follows:
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The currently proposed RETIC on cancer is composed by 73 independent research groups, distributed throughout 9 different Autonomous regions in Spain (Cataluña: 30; Madrid: 17; Castilla y León: 8; Navarra: 4; Valencia: 4; Andalucía:4; Asturias: 2; Cantabria: 7; Extremadura: 1) and located in 38 different institutions (17 hospitals and 21 research centers belonging to University or CSIC). Several groups participates in two or three of the 8 different RTICC Programs defined in the call.