Supports translation of early discoveries towards clinical applicability through research funding, expert consultation, identification of resources and building partnerships.


  • Catalyst Awards link investigators to the industry expertise around us to turn discoveries into improvements in health.
    June H. Lee, MD, FACCP; Director
    To identify, support and enable early translational research opportunities, with a goal of achieving clinically viable and potentially commercial results
  • To increase and enhance early translational research education at UCSF
  • To foster academic and industry collaborations and partnerships


Funding Opportunities

Catalyst Awards

An intramural funding mechanism focused on development of therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health products. The award includes:

  • Up to $100,000* toward critical experiments that increase the commercial and clinical viability of promising innovations;
          *Up to $60K in digital health
  • Access to a network of 200+ biomedical industry experts
  • Consultation and mentoring by industry experts on issues related to product development, intellectual property, funding/partnership strategy and commercialization. Read More...

View previous Catalyst Awardees   |   View Catalyst Award Advisors

UC Center for Accelerated Innovation

A multi-campus funding mechanism for technology development in disease areas of interest to NHLBI and NIDA. Awards up to $200,000 over 2 years.  Read More...

Additional Funding

See other funding opportunities with translational focus from industry and foundations.


Catalyst Awards Internship Program

Opportunity for students and postdoctoral fellows to learn about translational research and product development through observing and participating in the process of the Catalyst Awards Program.  Read More...


An online resource designed to highlight the key factors of a successful translational research program through the experiences of UCSF's researchers and partners.  Read More...

Collaborating with Industry

Preclinical CRO Vendor Program

This program establishes relationships and facilitates access to pre-selected Contract Resesarch Organizations (CROs) for investigators looking to tap into CRO capabilities and expertise in drug and device development.  Read More...

Industry Partnerships

Catalyst program believes that partnerships with industry are essential to successful translation of research into clinically valuable products and are open to exploring innovative collaboration models. We have ongoing partnerships with Quest Diagnostics, MedImmune LLC, Surpass, Inc, and Sheppard Mullin.  Read More...

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