Research Development Office

Information About NIH and Other Funding for COVID-19 Research

Ultra-Rapid funding - Call for Proposals - due Wednesday April 8th! - projects broadly relevant to COVID19

Special Funding Available for COVID-19 Related Research      

NIH/NIAID NIGMS 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Notice of Special Interest
NSF Rapid Response Research 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Research Funding
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Applied Research to Address The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emerging Public Health Emergency
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) BARDA Broad Agency Announcement
White House/Xsede White House Supercomputing Resources

Other Useful COVID-19 Information Links

UCSF Resources

UCSF Presentations on COVID-19

Council on Government Relations (COGR)

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Map

About the RDO

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.

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))

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.

POSTPONED!!! American Heart Association (AHA) Visit 4/8/20 Mission Bay

We are excited to host a visit from Glenn Dillon, PhD, Director of Research for the American Heart Association (AHA) on April 8th in the UCSF CVRI Conference Room on the Mission Bay campus from 11 am to 2pm. (A light lunch will be served.)

AHA has made some changes to its portfolio in recent years, and has broadened areas of research interest. Examples are brain health beyond stroke (such as dementia/cognitive decline), and, through our Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, opportunities in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The main goal of Dr. Dillon’s visit is to raise awareness of some these changes and the resulting opportunities for investigators. He is also available for 10-15 min-slot 1:1 meetings with individual faculty, deans, or administrators.

Please contact Gretchen Kiser (at [email protected]), if you would like to meet with Dr. Dillon one-on-one.

Draft Agenda:

11:00am – 12:00pm AHA research interests, funding portfolio and strategies (Dr. Glenn Dillon, Director of Research, AHA)

12:00pm – 12:30pm Light lunch and networking

12:30pm – 1:30pm 1:1 meetings

Tri-Institutional Partnership on Microbiome Research

UC San Francisco (UCSF), UC Davis (UC Davis) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), have formed a Tri-Institutional Partnership in Microbiome Research to catalyze and fund bold, synergistic, and potentially transformative collaborative research, addressing the major gaps in microbiome knowledge and technology identified by the OSTI Microbiome Interagency Working Group’s FY2018-2022 Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research. The partners convened a well-attended, energetic all-day workshop on Feb. 5, 2020 at the new Integrative Genomics Building at LBNL to foster cross-institutional interaction. We were excited to have UCSF’s Chancellor Sam Hawgood and LBNL’s Director Mike Witherell join us.

TrI-P Microbiome Seed Grant Initiative

The Partnership has now followed up the networking event with a substantive seed grant opportunity supported by all three institutions to the tune of a collective cool $1,000,000. The LOIs for these grants are due Feb. 28, 2020, with a submission deadline of April 3, 2020. Project awards are limited to $200,000 per project, not to exceed $80,000 per institution per proposal, and will be made available for an 18-month project period. By bringing together data scientists and biological researchers to generate novel hypotheses and co-design experiments, the TrI-P Microbiome initiative will generate impactful and novel research with concomitant structured data that will enable additional discoveries and insights through advanced computational approaches and high-performance computing resources, being mindful to position the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. A unique aspect of the TrI-P Microbiome Initiative is its data-driven focus and data structural framework brought through the participation of LBNL’s DOE-funded National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC). The NMDC was founded to support the long-term advancement of microbiome science by building an open and integrated data system.

If you would like to be involved in this exciting cross-institutional collaboration contact [email protected] or check out the RFA on the RDO website.


Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation

We are excited to have completed the 2019 Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI) Award competition. Funded generously by George and Judy Marcus, the MPPMI seeks to fuel innovation in precision medicine by fostering creative, high risk, high impact team science projects. Two of the initiatives - a 1-year $75,000 Seeding Bold Ideas (SBI) award and a 1-year $300,000 Transformative Integrated Research (TIR) award – are anchored in basic science, often incorporating novel computer science integration, and extending into the precision medicine continuum toward improved patient outcomes. This year, in response to the new and unprecedented ethical, legal, social implication (ELSI), implementation, and policy matters that will be required to realize the vision of Precision Medicine, we are offering a new grant mechanism supporting innovative research addressing such social science – a 1-year $150,000 ELSI in Precision Medicine (ELSI) award.

We received 42 applications in total, 20 for the SBI awards, 17 for the TIR awards, and 5 for the new ELSI awards! Check out the RDO website for a list of the PI teams and titles of the funded projects.

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 Our UCSF Research Development Office has also prepared a guide to using Dimensions – check it out at

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.

Calling all RAP applicants!
Is your project led (PI1 or PI2) by an under-represented minority (URM) investigator? Or are you including URM populations or biospecimens in your study? If so, then you might be eligible for the new RDO RAP Diversity Supplement. In support UCSF’s mission to increase diversity and inclusion broadly, this Supplement will provide modest additional funds for up to five applications per cycle that score well and are funded through RAP.