RDO Newsletter


August 2019

Bi-Monthly Email Newsletter                          

Volume 5, Number 4
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.
  • RDO Highlights
  • RAP: Resource Allocation Program
  • 3TS: T32 Trainee Tracking Program
  • LSP: Limited Submission Program
  • LGDP: Large Grant Development Program
  • TSP: Team Science Program
  • RDO Updates and Outreach Activities

RDO Highlights

Keep on the lookout for Funding Fridays!
Moving forward, funding opportunities from all over campus will be coming into your email 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, of course).

RAP: Resource Allocation Program

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP), is launching the Fall 2019 Cycle on August 19, 2019.

The launch marks the time when all new offerings are updated to reflect the most recent changes and applicants will have access to the online RAP PORTAL and can start submitting applications.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, September 23, 2019, 2 p.m. PT

As always, RAP is excited to collaborate with many on-campus funders to support UCSF research while allowing them to maintain full autonomy over their funding mechanisms and awardees. The Fall 2019 Cycle includes 21 funders sponsoring 23 grant mechanisms.

New Funding Opportunities

  • Weill Pilot Award for Junior Investigators in the Neurosciences
  • Kavli IFN Collaboration Award
  • Faculty Development Award in Precision Medicine and Health Services Research

In addition, RAP is proud to offer two types of grant supplements this fall that support UCSF’s mission to increase diversity and inclusion broadly:

  • RDO RAP Diversity Supplement: projects led (PI1 or PI2) by an under-represented minority (URM) investigator or including URM populations or bio-specimens are eligible for the new RDO RAP Diversity Supplement, modest additional funds for up to five applications per cycle that score well and are funded by the RDO.
  • RAP Community Partnership Supplement: applicants wishing to be considered for a RAP Community Engagement Supplement will need to describe a community engagement component for your research proposal (max. 300 words). Supplement awardees will receive an additional $15,000 (at least half the funding needs to be dedicated to the community partner). For examples of excellence in community partnerships, please visit: https://partnerships.ucsf.edu/excellence-partnership-awardees#2014. For clarification, questions and consultations, please contact either [email protected] or [email protected]

Key RAP Web Resources

The results of the Fall 2019 Funding Competition will be available in December before winter break. Thanks to all of the Spring 2019 Awardees for their contributions to our “Success Stories” page, and to all Applicants for their valuable feedback offered through the RAP survey!

3TS: T32 Trainee Tracking Program

T32 NIH Updates from the T32 Trainee Tracking (3TS) Program

  • NOTE! Beginning October 2019 the NIH will require all T32 Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) to be submitted via the NIH xTRACT tool. We anticipate that this requirement for fall 2019 RPPRs (and early 2020 T32 Renewal applications) may cause significant data entry issues for some programs. Please contact Halima Mohammed Todd for additional advice and assistance.
  • xTRACT Training Sessions and tutorial guide are available (contact Halima Mohammed Todd to schedule)
  • Due Dates for Competing T32 Renewal Applications:
    • January 25, 2020
    • May 25, 2020
    • September 25, 2019

Applicants should check with the relevant Institute or Center (IC), since some do not accept T series applications for all three receipt/review/award cycles.

  • For an online library of successful training grant proposals and resources, please visit the RDO Guides page.

The 3TS program will continue to post information regarding NIH training grant notifications on the T32 Administrators Group Chatter page on the Chatter page. To join the group send an email request to Halima Mohammed Todd or contact Halima through the link on the T32 Administrators Group Chatter page.

We are here to support and guide you through your T32 grants submissions process. Contact Halima Mohammed Todd if you have questions.


LSP: Limited Submission Program
Current LSOs of note:

Internal Deadline


Opportunity Title

September 15, 2019


Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams

Upcoming LSOs:

Please see below for some limited submission opportunities (LSOs) we expect to announce over the next few months. Mark your calendars accordingly!



Opportunity Title



National Awards for Young Scientists



Research Program in Medical Research & Science and Engineering

** Please note: These LSOs are typically offered the same time each year. Both the availability and eligibility requirements noted are approximate and subject to change. **
Important Links: More information about the LSP & Current LSO listings: rdo.ucsf.edu/LSP.

LGDP: Large Grant Development Program

It’s going to be a busy, busy fall for us, as we already have a full docket through 2019! Here are some of the proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) that we are supporting:

  • Drs. Wallace Marshall and Zev Gartner are leading the renewal of the Center for Cellular Construction, an NSF Science Technology Center
  • Dr. Elizabeth Ozer is preparing a campus-wide proposal to NSF’s ADVANCE program to address gender inequities at UCSF

If you’d like to learn more about the services offered by the Large Grant Development Program (LGDP), please reach out to the LGDP Manager, Kristin Dolan ([email protected]).

RDO's Templates and Guides

Are you looking for UCSF descriptions for your grant's Facilities and Resources document, or want an example of NIH’s new Authentication of Key Resources Plan? Check out our grant template text library, managed by the RDO and hosted on a UCSF Library Guides page. Do you have suggestions of templates to add or update? Please let us know by emailing [email protected].

RDO Updates 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.

The RDO is hiring soon- Research Development Specialist! Contact [email protected] or look for the recruitment announcement through UCSF Brassring.

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

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.

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).


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