About the RDO


Immunotherapy Researcher Networking Event – Please join the RDO Team Science Program and UCSF PREMIER Center on October 25, 2018 at the Parnassus campus.

Millberry Union Event Center
Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Planning Committee: Drs. Lindsey Criswell, Zoe Quandt, Max Krummel, Vincent Chan, Kole Roybal, Mark Anderson, Elad Ziv and Jimmy Ye.


Research Funding Opportunities in Europe – Information session on grants and fellowships available from the EU for researchers of all nationalities and research fields on November 9, 2018 at the Mission Bay Campus.

Research-Related Resources (3Rs) Symposium – Are you sure you know all the available UCSF resources for your research? On December 3, 2018, we will hold the inaugural Research-Related Resources (3Rs) Symposium, where over 25 UCSF research resource providers will provide a day-long, deep dive into resources available to assist your research mission.

Implementation Science and the Clinical Researcher – Save the Date! Please plan to join us for an exciting panel discussion and networking event focused on the intersection of clinical research and implementation science. This is hosted by the RDO Team Science Program.

TBD: either Tuesday, December 11 or Thursday, December 13, 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Panelists will include: Drs. Claire Brindis and Margaret Handley

Research Funding Opportunities:

There are several Limited Submission Opportunities open right now:

NIH NIA/NCI Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)
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Internal Deadline: October 10th, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 19th, 2019

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development
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Internal Deadline: October 14th, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 22nd, 2019

NIH NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams
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Internal Deadline: October 15th, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 25th, 2018

W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research and Science & Engineering Program
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Internal Deadline: October 28th, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 2019

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))