Large Grant Development Program (LGDP)

Today’s scientific environment is growing more collaborative and multi-disciplinary in nature: cell biologists are working with bioinformaticians; physicists with economists; clinician scientists with chemists; etc. Reflective of this new direction of research activity, large project grants to support this multi-disciplinary approach to scientific questions are becoming more common. Given their growing scope, and especially in light of current budget limitations, these large project grants are an increasingly important source of funding.

Large program-type grants are, by necessity, complex in nature and may present obstacles during the proposal development stage that investigators are not used to encountering. The RDO can help investigators navigate through the rough waters of developing and preparing these proposals, which may include NIH P01, P50, U01, U19, U54; NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships; or the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) grants. The PhD-trained staff of our Large Grant Development Program (LGDP) can be involved at every step of the proposal process, including early-stage scientific discussions, timeline development, the collection and writing of common institutional language, late-stage technical editing, and proofreading. This high level of involvement ensures that each proposal — no matter how complex — is a cohesive, consistent and clear presentation of your science.

If you would like support in the development and preparation of large, multi-investigator grants, contact Dr. Kristin Dolan at Additional resources can also be found on the Write Your Research Plan page of the OSR website.

All UCSF staff and faculty can access a grant template text library, managed by the RDO and hosted on a UCSF Library Guides page. Do you have suggestions of templates to add or update? Please let us know!