Strategic Opportunities Support (SOS)
Seeks to advance clinical and translational research at UCSF by providing funding resources to catalyze research and career development activities in clinical and translational sciences.
The SOS award gave me a critical boost at the time I needed it.Jennifer Puck, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
- To advance clinical and translational research at UCSF by providing resources specifically aimed at catalyzing research and career development activities in clinical and translational sciences.
- To be a catalyst for researchers to explore novel areas and test the limits of innovative technologies and methodologies.
- To accelerate the conversion of scientific discoveries from laboratories to the clinic and into practical medical advances for patients and communities that need them the most.
- To provide a transparent, peer-reviewed process that awards funds to encourage and to enable research and career development in clinical and translational research.
- To enhance the careers of investigators who are interested in obtaining expertise and skills required for modern clinical and translational research.
RESOURCES & SERVICES
Funding: SOS provides ~$1M/year to support researchers at UCSF
- Pilot Research Awards for Junior Investigators in Basic & Clinical/Translational Sciences: For new and junior faculty who achieved independent status. These Pilot Projects support preliminary research using human subjects, tissue, or clinical data to address questions related to disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, or management.
- Pilot Research Awards for Junior Investigators Utilizing CTSI Clinical Research Services (CTSI-CRS): Funds projects that utilize CTSI-CRS for the conduct of research in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. Pilot project funds are intended to support the accumulation of preliminary data necessary for submission of a mentored research project or as additional funding for junior investigators who have a funded mentored research application.
- Pilot Research Awards in Research Policy: Intended to support pilot projects concerning research policy, namely the systems, conventions, and culture that facilitate and shape the design, conduct, reporting, and dissemination of clinical and translational research.
- Pilot Award Program in T2 (Bedside-to-Community) Translational Science: UCSF has many clinical and translational research programs with enormous potential to bring clinical innovations to patients and communities in a timely, efficient manner.
- Translational Catalyst Award Program for the Development of Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Devices and dHealth: Supports the early development of diagnostics, therapeutics, devices and digital health by researchers at UCSF and CTSI affiliated institutions.
- Novel Clinical/Translational Methods Catalyst Awards: Supports training or research activities leading to the development of novel non-technological methodologies for clinical/ translational research.
- Translational Technology Awards: Involves innovative and promising translational technologies to enhance clinical and translational research.
- Technology Mini-Symposium Awards: Provides support for small-scale scientific meetings that emphasize the applications of cutting edge technology to translational research. Highest priority will be given to technologies and meeting formats that will promote interactions between diverse disciplines. Award Amount $2,500.
- Shared Instrument Awards: Generally for larger single pieces of equipment which can be shared by multiple investigators. It is encouraged that such equipment will reside in a campus shared resource (core) and be available to the campus community.
- Multidisciplinary Research Project Planning Awards: Supports development of complex cross-disciplinary research projects, through funding of activities leading to large grant applications, such as a PO1 grant.
- Multi-center Start-Up Planning Awards: Supports development of complex research projects, through funding of activities leading to large grant applications, such as R01 for a multi-center clinical trial.
- Under-Represented Faculty in Clinical and Translational Research Awards: Directed at fellows and assistant professor faculty from economically under-represented and/or ethnic or racial minority backgrounds. The goal is to encourage fellows and junior faculty from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to remain in academia for their career, and thus increase the diversity of our faculty.
- Professional Development Leave Awards: As a multidisciplinary research career develops, faculty often need to learn new methods and skills. The Professional Development Leave Program is designed for clinical and translational research faculty, and will relieve them of non-research responsibilities for 3-6 months.
- Post Childbearing Professional Development Leave Award Program: Designed for women clinical and translational research faculty who are returning to work after childbearing leave, and to relieve them of non-research responsibilities for up to 3 months after maternity leave.
In addition to standard SOS grants, SOS offers additional awards in partnerships with:
- CTSI - Catalyst Awards for the Development of Diagnostics, Devices, Therapeutics and Digital Health
- CTSI – Biomedical Informatics Program (BMI)
- CTSI – Clinical Research Services Program (CRS)
- CTSI – Community Engagement and Health Policy Program (CE&HP)
- UCSF – Resource Allocation Program (RAP)
- UCSF – Research Resource Program (RRP)