About RAP

RAP is a campus-wide program whose aim is to coordinate intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF campus, while allowing funding agencies to maintain full autonomy over their funding mechanisms and awardees. It's administered through the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost's office and resides within the Research Development Office (RDO) led by Gretchen Kiser, PhD. It is financially supported collaboratively by the funding agencies in proportion to the amount they award and by the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing in proportion to the amount awarded through RAP to faculty affiliated with each School annually.


  Emy Volpe
Paul Volberding, MD
Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH
Sr. Program Manager
Emanuela (Emy) Volpe, JD


The Mission of RAP is to make application for intramural research funding efficient and accessible for all faculty and non-faculty applicants, and to coordinate and minimize the redundancy of the application and review process among the funding agencies.



Major programmatic goals are determined by the RAP Committee, which includes faculty representing the participating Funding Agencies.


Joining RAP

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) always looks forward to adding more funding agencies to the mix. All programs on campus are welcome to use RAP to coordinate their funding opportunities. They can either use the structure in place for the submission and review of proposals or use just the submission process and have proposals reviewed by committees independent of the RAP review process. Contact Emy Volpe if you would like to join RAP.

For questions or suggestions please contact us at rap@ucsf.edu. We are listening!


Funding Agencies & Source of Funds

UCSF- Academic Senate
Funds from Endowments

UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI) & Gilead Sciences Inc.
Gift in support of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)
Funds from NIH

Cancer Center - Mount Zion Health Fund (MZHF)
Funds from Mt. Zion Health Fund

Cancer Center-Cancer Center Support Grant (CC-CCSG)
Funded by the NCI P30 award



UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Funded by CAPS Center Grant: P30 mechanism awarded by the NIMH

Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education
Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Clinical & Translational Science Institute-Catalyst Program (CTSI-Catalyst)
Funds from NIH

Clinical & Translational Science Institute - CTSI Pilot Awards
Funds from NIH and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA)
Gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM)
Funds from Mt. Zion Health Fund


UCSF Diabetes Center
Funds from NIH/NIDDK DRC & NORC P30 Awards

UCSF - Gladstone Institute of Virology & Immunology Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Funds from NIH

National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (NCOEWH)
Funds from Mt. Zion Health Fund

Research Evaluation & Allocation Committee SOM (REAC)
Funds from the School of Medicine

Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM)
Global Health Sciences, Global Projects

UCSF Department of Psychiatry

UCSF School of Dentistry - Research
Funds from Dean Discretionary Funds


Research Resource Program (RRP)

Precision Medicine in Rheumatology (PREMIER)
Funded through NIAMS - P30 Award


Global Cancer Program in the Helen Diller Cancer Center (GCP-HDFCCC)
HDFCCC General Fund


UCSF Pancreas Center