Pre-Award

Funding Opportunities

Several places to find research funding opportunities are linked below. Kate Alfieri ([email protected]) can also assist department researchers with identifying appropriate grant mechanisms.

Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) 

OSR provides support to faculty on sponsored projects. OSR includes three offices:

  • Research Management Services (RMS) specializes in research grants from pre-award through the award process and helps to develop and prepare budgets for proposals. The department’s Research Services Coordinator is Travis Rimando ([email protected]). Contact Travis at least 30 calendar days prior to the sponsor deadline for standard grants and fellowships, 60 calendar days prior to the sponsor deadline for large proposals (e.g. proposals with subcontracts or international components), and 4-6 months prior to the sponsor submission deadline for complex proposals (e.g. complex center grants, institutional training grants and cooperative agreements).
  • Government & Business Contracts (GBC) provides pre-award services (such as budget-development) to faculty seeking contracts with federal, state, municipal or foreign governments, as well as negotiation and advice on training affiliations and professional services.
  • Industry Contracts Division (ICD) reviews, negotiates and executes all of industry sponsored research agreements, clinical trials, material transfers, confidentiality and consulting agreements. The department’s Industry Contracts Officer is Marilyn Cech, JD ([email protected]). 

Office of Clinical Trial Activation (OCTA) 

OCTA supports all aspects of clinical research activation and provides assistance with OnCore, Coverage Analysis, budget creation, and financial negotiation for industry funded clinical trials, Medical Center APeX billing accounts, and more. They partner with Industry Contracts Division (ICD) to finalize and execute all industry clinical trials. 

Research Development Office (RDO) 

RDO assists researchers in obtaining extramural funding and creating research relationships through several programs. Two key programs used by our department are listed below. Visit the RDO website for a complete list of programs.

  • Resource Allocation Program (RAP) coordinates intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF campus.
  • Limited Submission Program (LSP) manages limited submission opportunities (LSOs). LSOs are extramural funding opportunities that either 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).