About the RDO


Dimensions – A New Research Analytic Tool

Would you like to know how your research program productivity stacks up against other investigators’ outside of UCSF? Everyone at UCSF now has access to a powerful research analytics tool - Digital Science Dimensions. Dimensions is a dynamic, easy to use platform where users can explore the connections between different researchers and institutions and the grants, publications, clinical trials, patents and policy documents that they may have contributed to the academic sphere. This tool enables researchers, staff, and leadership to measure and assess their research impact, identify collaborators and competitors, and inform strategic initiatives. I hope you will take a moment to try the tool, which is available at https://app.dimensions.ai/. Our UCSF Research Development Office has also prepared a guide to using Dimensions – check it out at https://guides.ucsf.edu/dimensions.

Dimensions Team at UCSF 7/23/19 - sign up for a 1:1

On Tuesday, July 23, a Senior Product Specialist from the Dimensions team will be on the Mission Bay campus to offer free 1:1 consultations to users of Dimensions. If you are interested in a consultation, click here to reserve a 30-minute slot.

BioRender Team at UCSF Mission Bay on 7/30/19

BioRender is the world’s first tool to help scientists create and share beautiful, professional scientific figures. It is already being used by more than 200 UCSF researchers to save time and increase effectiveness of their figures. We’re considering a collective UCSF instance of this tool and will host a presentation of this tool from Biorender staff and UCSF users at Mission Bay on July 30, 1 – 3:00 pm in Mission Hall Room 1407. To attend this presentation please register here.

Keep on the lookout!

Moving forward funding opportunities will be coming into your inbox on Fridays! In an effort to improve the communication of funding opportunities, UCSF campus offices will be disseminating funding opportunities via email on a single day of the week when not constrained by short deadlines.

Get to Know NIH Diversity Supplements

On March 12, 2019, the UCSF Research Development Office, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Differences Matter Research Action Group for Equity hosted a Get to Know NIH Diversity Supplements event. Dr. Desirée Salazar, Program Director at NIGMS, gave an overview of the funding mechanism. We also discussed UCSF resources to assist in the preparation of a diversity supplement application.

The slide deck, evaluation summary and a recording of the event are here.

Breaking Barriers

On July 18th UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences in partnership with the UCSF Research Development Office (RDO) will host a special neuroscience community event – Breaking Barriers. This event at Mission Bay will celebrate findings from the Weill Award programs, and take a timely look ahead with an overview of “BRAIN Initiative 2.0” federal funding opportunities, and conclude with a facilitated networking reception. This will be a great chance to form and renew collaborations across the clinical, translational, and basic neuroscience communities.

Questions? Please contact Weill Institute Program Manager [email protected] or RDO Executive Director [email protected]

Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Stats for Spring 2019 Cycle

During the Spring 2019 Cycle RAP received a total of 196 applications. Of those, 189 were reviewed by RAP review committees and 7 were independently reviewed.

Within the RAP review, 71 awards were made – two of which were co-funded - confirming a 37% success rate. The total amount awarded by the 23 participating funding agencies totaled $3,307,015. Within the 189 reviewed by RAP, 167 applications were new submissions, 16 were 1st resubmissions, and 6 were second resubmissions.

21% of the 189 applications reviewed were triaged - not discussed - during the RAP review which is conducted thought 11 highly specialized review committees that meet in-person, and follow the NIH peer review style. The Independent Review done by the Diabetes Research Center has received 7 applications, 4 of which were awarded for an additional total of $200,000.

The complete stats for the 2019 Spring cycle can be found at https://rap.ucsf.edu/spring-2019-cycle.

The Research Development Office (RDO) serves at the nexus of research and research administration to promote, support, strengthen, and grow the research enterprise at UCSF. Working with faculty, administration staff, and leadership partners, the RDO seeks to attract extramural research funding, increase institutional competitiveness, create research relationships, and foster innovation.

The RDO is home to the Resource Allocation Program (RAP), which manages the dissemination, submission, review and award of various intramural funding opportunities, and the Limited Submission Program (LSP), which manages the dissemination, solicitation and selection of proposals for limited submission funding opportunities. Additionally, the RDO fosters and facilitates scientific collaborations between internal and external research teams through its Team Science Program (TSP) and supports proposal development for large, multi-investigator project grants in its Large Grant Development Program (LGDP). The T32 Trainee Tracking System (3TS) supports faculty and staff in preparation of T32 grant renewals. As a service- and solutions-oriented team, the RDO operates with integrity, professionalism, and respect for those with whom we work within and outside of UCSF.

What is "Research Development"?

Universities, colleges, research centers, and institutes are central players in the networks of coordinated activity that result in the creation and mobilization of knowledge. As these activities have reached ever higher levels of complexity, research development has taken on an increasingly important role in the strategic deployment and coordination of university and other networked resources in the service of knowledge creation and mobilization. The Research Development (RD) professional works to ensure that when institutional resources are deployed to seek external funding or partnerships for knowledge creation or mobilization, that these activities are as strategic and efficient as possible so as to maximize the likelihood that the best ideas with the best chances for ultimate success are recognized and supported with the finite support available.

(Adapted from content on the website for the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP))