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UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Seeks Applications for Fall 2013 Cycle

By Emy Volpe

UCSF's Resource Allocation Program (RAP), which incorporates a single online application process for a wide variety of intramural grant offerings, is now inviting applications for the Fall 2013 cycle.

The electronic-submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

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, and Population Sciences.

A total of $2,404,505 was distributed to UCSF researchers during the Spring 2013 cycle. Of the 148 applications reviewed, the program made 72 awards – or 49 percent of all applications, showing the high potential funding rate associated with RAP grant applicants.

New for the Fall 2013 Cycle

  • Multiple Principle Investigators (PIs) – To encourage collaborative efforts, RAP proposals now have the option of listing up to two PIs.
  • Global Health Sciences Joins RAP – The inclusion of Global Health Sciences adds two new grant opportunities:
  1. Global Health Basic Science Award Program
  2. Global Health Policy Award Program

About the RAP Review Process

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 share the goal of allocating their funds strategically to support as much good science as possible.

The RAP website contains information and resources useful in preparing a RAP grant submission including:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Templates for both a well-done proposal and strong letters of support
  • Lists of past awardees and success stories are presented, enabling the opportunity for networking with colleagues recently awarded
  • Program statistics that reveal useful information on the grants offered and indicate the likelihood for funding of a RAP application in any given grant category

Most applications submitted through RAP will be reviewed by one of the 10 review committees organized by subject area and composed of faculty experts. Applications submitted to the following grant mechanisms, however, are reviewed independently of the RAP review process: Catalyst Awards, Core Exploratory, Pilot Diabetes and Pilot Obesity.

All programs on campus are welcome to use RAP to coordinate their funding opportunities. RAP management is collaboratively funded through the Research Development Office (RDO), by the funding agencies, the School of Medicine and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. RAP currently offers the flexibility to be utilized in the following three different modules:

  • Submission and review of proposals
  • Submission only, with review handled independently
  • Promotion of funding opportunities

For questions, contact Emanuela (Emy) Volpe via email or via phone, (415) 502-1674.


Fall 2013 Participating Funding Agencies

  • Academic Senate
  • AIDS Research Institute (ARI)
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)
  • Asian Health Institute (AHI)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Catalyst Awards for the Development of Diagnostics, Devices, Therapeutics and Digital Health (CTSI-Catalyst)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Strategic Opportunities Support (CTSI-SOS)
  • Gladstone Institute of Virology & Immunology Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Global Health Sciences (GHS) *New
  • Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Center Support Grant (CC-CCSG)
  • Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mount Zion Health Fund (CC-MZHF)
  • National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (NCEWH)
  • Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Mount Zion Health Fund
  • Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee of the School of Medicine (REAC)