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RAP Welcomes Two New Funders for the Fall 2014 Cycle

By Emanuela Volpe

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 Fall 2014 cycle.

The electronic submission deadline is Monday, September 22, at 2 p.m. Apply here.

Funding Opportunities

RAP is a campus-wide program with the aim of coordinating intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF campus, while allowing funding agencies to maintain full autonomy over their funding mechanisms and awardees. The program is administered by the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost's office and resides within the Research Development Office (RDO). 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.

Through this collaborative effort, 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.

During the Spring 2014 cycle RAP reviewed 161 applications and made 55 awards; 34 percent of the grants reviewed were awarded. Thanks to the combined efforts of multiple funding agencies, a total of $1,877,689 was distributed to UCSF researchers. 

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 have a shared goal of supporting as much good science as possible.

Read what the most recent awardees have to say about their exciting research projects and find new opportunities to network with your colleagues. 

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.

All of these programs continue to honor the RAP concept of “One Application, Many Funding Opportunities, One Deadline.”

The Research Development Office’s RAP is publically sharing best practices in research administration through publication in the journal for the Society of Research Administrators International (Volpe et al., J Res Admin (2014), (45)1, 81-105). The article, titled The Resource Allocation Program at the University of California, San Francisco: Getting More from Intramural Funding Bucks, describes RAP’s history at UCSF and its unique solution to transparent, fair, and efficient management of intramural funding competitions.  Click here to read the abstract: http://srainternational.org/publications/journal/volume-xlv-number-1.

Fall 2014 RAP Funding Agencies

  • AIDS Research Institute at the University of California San Francisco (ARI)
  • Cancer Center- Cancer Center Support Grant (CC-CCSG)
  • Cancer Center- Mount Zion Health Fund (MZHF)
  • Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s Catalyst Awards for the Development of Diagnostics, Devices, Therapeutics and Digital Health (CTSI-Catalyst)
  • Clinical & Translational Science Institute-Strategic Opportunities Support Center (CTSI-SOS)
  • National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (NCOEWH)
  • Osher Center for Integrative Medicine- Mt. Zion Health Fund (OCIM-MZHF)
  • Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee (REAC)
  • The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)
  • UCSF and King's College, London
  • UCSF Academic Senate
  • UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
  • UCSF Diabetes Research Center (DRC)
  • UCSF Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • UCSF Pepper Center in the Division of Geriatrics and Tideswell at UCSF

The number of UCSF RAP grants offered has more than quadrupled in the last seven years. 

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