ASTRO Policy on Letters of Support

  • ASTRO does not offer letters of support; however, letters of collaboration may be granted. For example, ASTRO provide letter of collaboration for PCORI and other funding agencies that require stakeholder engagement. To facilitate this process, ASTRO’s policy for submitting requests for letters of collaboration is as follows:

    1. The requestor should send the request to ASTRO's research department, including a summary of the project that covers the specific aims, objectives and goals for the project as applicable. The request should also explain why ASTRO’s support is needed and what collaboration is sought.
    2. The Chairs of the Clinical Affairs and Quality, Health Policy and Science Council (as appropriate) will review the request and make a recommendation to ASTRO’s Board of Directors based on their assessment of the question being addressed, the approach being taken, and if the study is consistent with ASTRO’s mission.
    3. The Board of Directors will consider the request and determine whether ASTRO should provide a letter of support.
    4. The decision will then be communicated to the requestor. The usual duration of the process is approximately six weeks.

    For letters of collaboration, ASTRO typically collaborates with investigators by disseminating the research results to patients through our patient website, www.rtanswers.org, and to our members through our communication vehicles such as ASTROgram and ASTRONews.

    Questions regarding ASTRO’s policy should be addressed to Emily Wilson, Executive Vice President of ASTRO, via email or phone at 703-839-7364.