About the RDO


The Team Science Program (TSP) is offering a full calendar of team-building events covering a broad swath of topics: forming collaborations with SFSU (September 6), Mood Disorders (September 24), Environmental Health (September 26), Immunotherapy (TBD October), Faculty involvement in non-profits (November 15), and Implementation Science (TBD November). We’d love to see you there!

Are you relatively new to research at UCSF? In addition to finding important information at the upcoming Faculty Development Day on September 17, you are invited to the inaugural Research-Related Resources (3Rs) Symposium, where over 25 UCSF research resource and service providers will provide a day-long, deep dive into the basic AND clinical research resources and services available on campus to assist your research mission. Save the Date! It is scheduled for December 3 on the Mission Bay campus. Check back here next month for more details.

The next T32 grant submission is quickly approaching - September 25. For assistance with developing T32 renewal grant tables, contact Halima Mohammed Todd, who leads the T32 Trainee Tracking (3TS) program.

The Fall 2018 RAP Intramural Funding Call is now open. Interested applicants should check out the RAP website. Submission Deadline - September 17 at 2:00 pm PT.

The Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation announced this year’s cadre of awardees: 7 Seeding Bold Ideas awards (1 year, $75,000) and 4 Transformative Integrated Research awards (1 year, $300,000)!

Check out ALL the latest RDO activities on the RDO website.

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))