RDO Newsletter

               Research Development Office


June 2018

Bi-Monthly Email Newsletter                          

Volume 4, Number 3
The RDO serves at the nexus of research and research administration, acting as a catalyst for the UCSF research enterprise by facilitating productive research collaboration, early pilot funding, and effective proposal development.
  • SSP: Special Strategic Projects
  • 3TS: T32 Trainee Tracking Program
  • LSP: Limited Submission Program
  • TSP: Team Science Program
  • LGDP: Large Grant Development Program
  • RAP: Resource Allocation Program
  • RDO Updates and Outreach Activities
  • Research Development Internship Opportunity

SSP: Special Strategic Projects

** New** RDO’s effort to increase NIH Diversity Supplements at UCSF

The Research Development Office is collaborating with the School of Medicine’s Differences Matter Initiative, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Office of Diversity and Outreach to increase the number of NIH Diversity Supplements received by UCSF.

As part of this effort, we identified and contacted 290 UCSF faculty that might be eligible to apply for an NIH Diversity Supplement (list available here). We are also building a library of successful proposals and developing additional resources to support the development of these supplements. For more information and to access these resources, please visit https://guides.ucsf.edu/rdo/diversitysupplements or contact Kristin Dolan ([email protected]).

Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation

We are excited to acknowledge that George and Judy Marcus will fund another year of the Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI). The MPPMI seeks to fuel innovation in precision medicine by fostering creative, high risk, high impact team science projects anchored in basic science and extending into the precision medicine continuum toward improved patient outcomes. June 12th was the grant submission deadline in two categories:

Marcus Program Seeding Bold Ideas Award (MP-SBI)

• Up to $75,000 for one year
• SBI awards enable initial exploration of untested concepts or hypotheses with great potential impact
• Up to four awards granted; and the

Marcus Program Transformative Integrated Research Award (MP-TIR)

• Up to $300,000 for one year
• TIR awards support new directions for established basic science-driven translational studies
• Up to three awards granted

This year we also have a special funding supplement:

Marcus Program Transformative Integrated Research Award Supplement (Marcus Award Supplement)

• Up to $100,000 Supplement for one year (for eligible MP-TIR awards)
• To encourage inclusion of social/behavioral, implementation or population science, as well as novel computational science

We received 39 applications in total, 17 for the SBI awards and 22 for the TIR awards. The application review is in progress. Stay tuned for details on the RDO website!

3TS: T32 Trainee Tracking Program

The 3TS program provided support to nine programs with T32 grant applications for the May 25 deadline. Seven of the nine were T32 renewal applications and two were new grant applications. We continue to upload historical training grant data into the program tool to increase support to programs. The next T32 grant submission will be September 25.

We can now creating Table 8. We are now capable of providing programs with five of the eight NIH tables required for T32 grant renewal applications. The tables a through 3TS are as follows:

  • Table 2 – Participating Faculty Members
  • Table 3 – Federal Institutional Research Training Grants & Related Support Available to Participating Faculty Members (Overlapping Faculty)
  • Table 4 – Research Support of Participating Faculty Members
  • Table 5 – Publications of Trainees
  • Table 8 – Program Outcomes

The 3TS program will continue to post information regarding NIH training grant notifications on the T32 Administrators Group Chatter page. Not yet a member? You can join by sending a request via the T32 Administrators Group Chatter page or contact Halima Mohammed Todd at [email protected] . We are here to support and guide you through your T32 grants submissions process.

Type of Grant

Program Description

Upcoming Renewal Dates

T Series

Institutional National Research Service Awards
Other Training Grants. To enable institutions to make National Research Service Awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas.

  • September 25
  • LSP: Limited Submission Program

    Current LSOs of note:

    Internal Deadline


    Opportunity Title

    July 8th, 2018


    Cooperative Human Tissue Network

    July 9th, 2018

    Johnson & Johnson

    WiSTEM2D Scholars

    July 15th, 2018 NIH Common Fund Early Independence Awards
    July 24th, 2018 Rita Allen Scholars

    As a reminder of our long-standing policy: If the LSP learns of a LSO with less than 30 days until the sponsor deadline, institutional approval is granted on a first come, first served basis.
    Important Links: More information about the LSP & Current LSO listings: rdo.ucsf.edu/LSP.

TSP: Team Science Program

The TSP develops and facilitates intra- and extramural networking events enabling participating researchers to meet investigators outside their usual circle of collaborators in order to foster a broader network, and to brainstorm new research ideas or expand the aims of their current work.


We recently did a survey of clinical faculty to help connect potential collaborators to foster new research, drive innovative approaches, and connect needed expertise. 104 faculty responded to the survey to tell us what kind of expertise they are looking for in a collaborator. 58% of respondents were looking for collaborators with expertise in Epidemiology/Biostatistics; 44% were looking for Computational/Bioinformatics expertise; 40% were interested in ELSI/other Social Science expertise; and 33% need a collaborator who does Implementation Science. (note, the percentages total over 100% because each respondent selected multiple topics)

To address these needs, we are planning events focused on Population Heath and Epidemiology, Computation, Implementation Science, and ELSI research for the fall and early next year. Stay tuned for more details on these events.

Upcoming Events

Addiction Research Networking Event: Join UCSF clinicians and researchers for an afternoon team science event around addiction research on June 28th from 3:30-5:30pm in Genentech Hall room 114. The goal of the event is to foster interaction between faculty who focus on different aspects of addiction and to spark new collaborations between silos. Visit our Eventbrite page for further details and to register.

If you manage a UCSF group with a mission that includes team building activities or you would like to add such activities to a new grant or renewal, get in touch with Page Sorensen! We can help design and produce team building activities that will further your mission.

LGDP: Large Grant Development Program

Large Grant Support

NIH Center Core Grants have been on our mind, as the LGDP recently supported two P30 applications - a new submission to NIEHS (PI: Tracey Woodruff) and a renewal to NIAMS (PI: Jeff Lotz). If funded, these centers will join 13 other P30-funded centers at UCSF.

What’s a NIH P30? NIH Center Core Grants (P30) support shared resources and facilities for categorical research by a number of investigators from different disciplines who provide a multidisciplinary approach to a joint research effort or from the same discipline who focus on a common research problem. The core grant is integrated with the center's component projects or program projects, though funded independently from them. This support, by providing more accessible resources, is expected to assure a greater productivity than from the separate projects and program projects.

Large Grant Support: If your team will soon be developing a large, multi-investigator proposal, and would like some support from our Large Grant Development Program (LGDP), contact Dr. Kristin Dolan.

RAP: Resource Allocation Program

RAP Spring 2018 Cycle - Competition is Completed!

RAP received 225 applications for funding from 22 funding agencies for the most recent Spring 2018 cycle. Of the 189 applications reviewed by RAP, 67 applications were awarded for a total of $3,200,684 (35% success rate).
36 applications were independently reviewed by the Diabetes Research Center and by the Catalyst Program. Further details regarding the awardees and the statistics for the Spring ‘18 Cycle can be found on the RAP website under “Resources”.

Written reviews and final scores are available on the applicants’ dashboard via the RAP portal. Once the competition is completed, the role of RAP Central is fulfilled. Each funding agency will establish a direct relationship with its own awardees and will take care of all post award activities with the help of a financial analyst as selected by each awardee.

Reviewer Acknowledgement

RAP has introduced a downloadable reviewer’s acknowledgement letter to thank reviewers who participate in every review cycle. These letters of acknowledgement can be found on reviewers’ dashboard.

RAP Fall 2018 Cycle

The next Call for Applications for the RAP Fall 2018 Cycle is Monday, August 20, 2018. The deadline to submit applications is September 17, 2018, 2pm PST.

During the summer months, RAP works with the funding agencies to determine which grant opportunities can be offered. The Program welcomes new partnerships with on-campus programs who are interested in leveraging the RAP grant competition model. With a single online application, it is possible to submit to any grant mechanism offered in each cycle. The RAP review is managed by standing review committees, all composed of UCSF faculty experts in a specific field who volunteer their time for the sake of this important campus endeavors.

Stay tuned to learn more about all the updates we will bring to you in the upcoming Fall 2018 Cycle!

RDO Team News and Outreach Activities

Would you like to inform your faculty of the menu of services and resources available through the RDO?

We are looking for opportunities to speak to groups of faculty to inform them of the programs and resources available through the RDO. Please contact us at [email protected] if you think you could open a time slot for us to speak at your next faculty meeting.

RDO Events Calendar

We’ve just started listing our various events on the UCSF Calendar. Check it out!

National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)

Do you facilitate research team interactions? Or do you help prepare large grant proposals? Do you manage programs that benefit a large cadre of research faculty? Or are you a researcher who now focuses on research administrative functions? If so, then you are likely doing work associated with the emerging field of research development. If these descriptions strike a chord with you, the UCSF RDO encourages you to check out National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

Research Development Internship Opportunity

Are you a graduate student or post-doc looking to explore a different career path for PhDs? Contact Gretchen Kiser [email protected] in the RDO for information about an internship in research development.

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