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.


The Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI) seeks to fuel innovation in precision medicine by fostering creative, high risk, high impact team science projects supporting the precision medicine continuum. See MPPMI Program Overview on the program website. The MPPMI invites proposals for our 2019 funding in three award categories, Seeding Bold Ideas, Transformative Integrated Research, and a new initiative - ELSI in Precision Medicine. The submission deadline is Thursday, September 12, 2019.

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 https://app.dimensions.ai/. Our UCSF Research Development Office has also prepared a guide to using Dimensions – check it out at https://guides.ucsf.edu/dimensions.

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.