About the RDO


Dimensions ™ Comes to UCSF

The Research Development Office (RDO) is pleased to announce the “soft launch” of the Digital Science Dimensions research analytics database and tool. There will be an in-person training opportunity that will be held on both the MB and Parnassus campuses:

Wednesday, March 13, 10 am - 12 noon, Mission Bay, Mission Hall, MH-1107

Thursday, March 14th, 1 pm - 3 pm, Parnassus, Campus Library, CL-215/216

(Note we will be launching the tool in a campus-wide campaign in May and there will be webinar-based training opportunities after this, if you cannot attend one of these in-person trainings.)

You may recall that Dimensions is a dynamic, easy to use platform where users can explore the connections between grants, publications, clinical trials, patents and policy documents. As the research landscape evolved dramatically over the past 10 years with new technologies, more data and increasingly diverse research ecosystems, the channels for discovery and the ways impact is measured and assessed have remained static. Digital Science had a vision for a modern research analytics system where data is democratized and the lens through which we measure research outputs broadened.

Accessing Dimensions

  • To log in to Dimensions, go to app.dimensions.ai and click on "Log in" in the top right corner, and enter your ucsf.edu email address.
  • Then you should be able to log into Dimensions using your Single Sign On (SSO) credentials.
  • The first time you do this, you will need to confirm your email address through a confirmation code, and then you will be asked to create an account.
  • This will only happen the first time you log in.

If you’re looking for global data about research funding, or need information about funded research organized by dollars, topic, or researcher, or want to benchmark or compare UCSF to other institutions, please plan to attend one of the two in-person training events this week.

Resource Allocation Program (RAP): We launched the RAP Spring 2019 cycle on January 28th. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 11, 2019 2pm PST. Please read about the latest RAP cycle in the UCSF News.

Get to Know Diversity Supplements: The RDO, in partnership with HDFCCC and Differences Matter, invites you to learn about NIH Diversity Supplements and resources at UCSF to help you prepare your application. March 12 between 2-5 p.m. at Mission Bay Byers Auditorium.

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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))