UCSF RAP Now Seeking Applications for Funding

UCSF's Resource Allocation Program (RAP), which offers a single online application process for a wide variety of intramural grant offerings, is now inviting applications for the Spring 2014 cycle.

The electronic-submission deadline is Monday, February 24, at 2 p.m.

During the Fall 2013 cycle the program reviewed 175 applications and made 63 awards; 36 percent of the grants reviewed were awarded. Thanks to the combined efforts of multiple funding agencies, a total of $2,091,925 was distributed to UCSF researchers. 

Through a collaborative effort among UCSF intramural funding agencies, RAP facilitates the dissemination, submission, review and award of intramural research funding opportunities on campus.  The program promotes research in the following disciplines: Basic Sciences, Clinical and Translational Sciences, Technology, Regulatory Sciences, and Population Sciences.

The grant mechanisms offered target a wide range of project types, including:

  • Career Development
  • International
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Pilots
  • Technology

RAP welcomes two new funders this cycle:  1) the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS); and 2) the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.  This cycle will also see a renewed focus on team science multidisciplinary with the introduction of the Team Science Grant which has a maximum award amount of $75,000.  All programs on campus are welcome to use RAP to coordinate their funding opportunities and we invite all faculty members to become reviewers and offer their skills to boost the review process and improve research efforts.

New Funding Opportunities Offered This Cycle:

  • CAPS-HIV Innovative Grants, sponsored by the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
  • Informing Tobacco Product Regulation, sponsored by the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Team Science Grant, sponsored by CTSI-SOS, REAC and Academic Senate

Although applicants choose the most appropriate grant mechanism for submission through RAP, each application is considered simultaneously by multiple funding agencies, thus enhancing the likelihood of support for a proposal. The funding agencies collaborate toward the shared goal of supporting as much good science as possible.

“One of the many advantages of the centralized RAP process is the opportunity for highly reviewed proposals to get funded even if the main funding agency has already committed all available support to other requests,” said Paul Volberding, MD, professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine and research director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. “Although Global Health Sciences could only support two pilots in the recent proposal round, two more did very well and were funded by the Academic Senate. Also, the various agencies allow more flexibility in eligibility, some accepting grants from post-doctoral fellows in addition to faculty members. RAP is a great model of the collaborative spirit of UCSF."

View CTSI funding opportunities offered through RAP, including SOS research and career development awards, as well as Catalyst Awards for the development of diagnostics, devices, therapeutics and digital health.

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