Research Development Office

2023 UC Noyce Initiative - Call for Applications in 'Computational Health' and 'Privacy and Security'
UPDATE: Award Announcements will be made on  Monday, September 25, 2023

We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity through the UC Noyce Initiative, a partnership between five UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, San Francisco, Santa Barbara), to advance computing, information science, and engineering for the benefit of society. The aim of this funding opportunity is to support research efforts that are innovative, have the potential for high-impact, and hold a strong promise for follow-on funding. In 2023, the request for proposals focuses on two thematic areas: (1) Computational Health; (2) Privacy and Security. Check out the detailed RFA here.  Here is the updated FAQ document and the link to the June 27, 2023 informational webinar.

The Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation (MPPMI) recently announced the 2022 Marcus awards. Target funding to start April 1, 2023

2022 Noyce Initiative - UC Partnership in Computational Transformation Award Program
A unique funding opportunity for computational research related to Cybersecurity, Computational Precision Health, or Quantum Computing.

Noyce Initiative - UCSF Initiative for Digital Transformation in Computational Biology and
Health Data Science 2021 Computational Innovator Awardees and 2022 Initiative for Digital Transformation Scholar

Pilot Grants for Anti-Racism Research 2022 Awardees Announced

UCSF Abortion Research Rapid Response Grant
We are pleased to announce the 2022 Awardees for these grants.

Junior Scientists Seminar Series

The Research Development Office (RDO) proudly supports and sponsors the Junior Scientists Seminar Series. This program, created and led by a team of Senior Scientists Rachel Abrams, PhD and Henriette Macmillan, PhD, is a means for early-career researchers (pre-doctoral) to participate in valuable career development activities. Through this series, they engage in peer-networking, as well as gain experience orally presenting their research and developing skills to answer and ask meaningful questions. For many in the research career pipeline, the Junior Scientist role is one of the first steps, and this valuable program is helping to develop this pipeline of truly diverse scientists here at UCSF. Please see the Junior Scientist website for more information.

NOTE: Due to current staffing levels in the RDO, certain services may be limited.


What is the RDO?

What is Research Development?

RDO Programs

RD In Action

What is the RDO?

Mission: The RDO works collaboratively with individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and institutional administrators and leaders to promote, support, strengthen, and grow the research enterprise at UCSF.

Values: The RDO values the individual knowledge, skills, talents, and experience of every person across the research network. We strive for excellence in our work, conducting ourselves ethically with professionalism, integrity, and with mutual-respect for all.

Goals: The RDO accomplishes our mission to promote the research enterprise at UCSF by developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness and attract research funding, and by fostering innovative approaches and novel partnerships.

We do this through 5 programs:

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). 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))

Further information: "Research Development as a Strategic Imperative" by Christina Paxson, President, Brown University, 4/29/19

RDO Programs

Resource Allocation Program (RAP)

RAP is a campus-wide program that manages the dissemination, submission, review and award of various intramural funding opportunities. The seed-funding grants are offered twice per year: in the Spring (online application submission begins in January) and in the Fall (online application submission begins in August) . Click here for more information.

Limited Submissions Program (LSP)

The LSP is responsible for the management of extramural funding opportunities that limit the number of applications UCSF may put forward to a given sponsor or require some other kind of internal coordination (e.g., to eliminate unnecessary duplication of instrument requests).

Large Grants Development Program

A "large grant" is one for which the allowable budget exceeds $1M per year in direct costs or the research involves multiple investigators and scientific/administrative components. LGDP staff support every step of the proposal process for large grants, including early-stage scientific discussions, timeline development, the collection and writing of common institutional language, late-stage technical editing, and proofreading.

Special Strategic Projects (SSPs)

SSPs involve facilitating cross-institutional research collaborations or donor proposal development, as well as supporting campus-wide initiatives such as our Precision Medicine Initiative. This program also includes outreach activities with other research development and research administration partners within UCSF, UC and across the nation.

Team Science Program (TSP)

The TSP fosters and supports team science efforts across campus and between our campus and other partners. The program offers a variety of services aimed at stimulating multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary efforts, from producing team-building events to supporting administrative needs of new teams.

T32 Trainee Tracking Program

The Trainee Tracking Program has been closed effective January 1, 2022.

Office of Research has provided updated guidance for T32 proposals, with assistance from several T32 program coordinators and faculty. Click here for more information on the T32 Program Administrators Group. 

As you may know, NIH NOT-OD-19-108 requires the use of xTRACT to prepare data tables for Training Grant RPPRs. Data previously entered into the 3TS database is the same data required by xTRACT. xTRACT will generate tables once data entry is completed. Therefore, the 3TS program was closed and we are no longer entering data into the 3TS database. Access may be granted to view/download historical data in 3TS, if necessary. There are some remaining resources for preparation of T32 applications and can be found at Guides.

RD In Action

Research Development: Contextual and Relational Approaches to Institutional Research Support (INORMS NORDP India Research Management Initiative)