COVID Related Caregiving Funding Opp

Subject: *New* Faculty Resource Fund - support faculty facing challenges due to pandemic-related caregiving responsibilities

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that gifts from UCSF Foundation Board members have allowed us to launch a new Faculty Resource Fund. The goal of this fund is to support faculty who are facing challenges due to pandemic-related caregiving responsibilities. Research has shown that pandemic-related caregiving burdens are disproportionately affecting women faculty members’ productivity and exacerbating gender inequities. Our hope is that we can support interventions to allow our faculty to continue their important work and maintain their academic career progression.

We will have two levels of awards:

  • For faculty with significant stressors due to pandemic-related disruption of to their home-work life balance, this fund will provide awards of approximately $500 - $5,000 to support creative solutions that allow faculty greater ease in advancing their work (such as submitting grants or papers). Examples of potential award uses include: part-time funding of a grant writer, technical writer, graphic designer, copyeditor, or statistics support.
  • For faculty with pandemic-related reductions in their ability to fund their research programs, this fund will provide awards of $25,000 to apply toward solutions to sustain research productivity (e.g., support for a part-time lab technician or other research costs). These awards will benefit not only the individual faculty member, but also those they employ through their academic programs. Please note: eligibility for these awards will be restricted to independent faculty researchers, so K awardees are not eligible.

Please find the application and more details online. Our goal is to nimbly deploy this funding, so the application deadline for the first round of funding is November 5. Please contact [email protected] with any questions about the process.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor