About the RDO

August Highlights

Even though it’s the Dog Days of Summer, The Research Development Office is “siriusly” hard at work. Check out the latest RDO newsletter and highlights below.

The T32 Trainee Tracking System (3TS) Program is a central resource composed of the 3TS software database tool and support staff. The program is tasked with reducing the burden on faculty and departmental staff associated with institutional training grant applications and trainee data management, and aid in the management of tracking trainee outcomes. The program also assists in postdoc data maintenance, including tracking their training and career outcomes. The 3TS program provides support to programs by providing the 3TS software database tool for tracking their trainees, importing their historical data into this tool, creating T32 data tables, by being the NIH content expert, and by managing trainee data within 3TS.

If you are applying for or renewing a T32 grant application we can help you enter your historical data into the 3TS system.

Please contact Halima Mohammed Todd, 3TS Program Manager for further details.

Upcoming Limited Submission Opportunities (LSOs) include: Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, Mallinckrodt Scholars Program, David Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, Keck Program in Science & Engineering…Visit our website for a complete list of open LSOs, the calendar of annually recurring LSOs and to subscribe to our listserv.

Our Team Science Program (TSP) has upcoming networking events related to forming collaborations with SFSU (September 6th), Mood Disorders (September 24th), Environmental Health (September 26th), Computational Health Science (October 4th), Immunotherapies (TBD October), Faculty involvement in non-profits (November 15th), and Implementation Science (TBD November).

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Fall 2018 Call for Applications opens on August 20, 2018.


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))