New Awards Support Engagement, Improved Research

Update: View all proposals awarded funding.

As part of  UCSF's Spring 2012 RAP funding cycle, CTSI is offering new pilot awards (ranging from $10K to $100K) to improve the conduct of translational research.

What also makes the CTSI Annual Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research (2011-12) different is that all proposals will be submitted and assessed using an innovative "Open Proposal" online forum. This forum allows the UCSF community to review and comment on the submitted proposal ideas during a 2-week period, from February 27-March 12. Proposers then have the opportunity to resubmit improved proposals by March 12. Important details about eligibility, proposal format, timeline, etc. are available here.

"This new funding opportunity addresses two important goals," says Mini Kahlon, PhD, CTSI deputy director and CIO. "It helps CTSI to identify creative and promising ideas for improving the conduct of translational research, and it also allows for valuable engagement of the UCSF community in reviewing, assessing and improving these ideas."

Projects might suggest improvements to infrastructure, new services to enable researchers, pragmatic studies that clarify competitive benchmarks for key research processes, etc. Projects should NOT substitute for core infrastructure for the campus, or simply extend an existing research project that doesn't fit the criteria for generalizability and scalability.

CTSI offers a wide range of additional funds through RAP including the T1 Translational Catalyst Award, an mHealth Research Project Award, and much more.

View all CTSI funding opportunities (application deadline Feb 27, 2012).