New Direction Awards
Project Award Amount $30,000
Academic Senate Eye Endowment Fund
The Academic Senate funds grants in all research areas through ten private endowment funds. One of those endowments, the Ryan Fund, focuses exclusively on eye research and has grown substantially.
This Spring 2012 Cycle, the Academic Senate has additional Ryan Fund money and thus, eye research proposals will be funded by the Academic Senate at $50,000. All other proposals will be funded--by the Academic Senate and other funding agencies (CTSI, REAC, CFAR, etc.)--at $30,000 or matrix-stated levels (http://rap.ucsf.edu/grants/).
"Any research related to eye or vision-related issues, diseases, disorders. This is not limited to conditions specifically or only affecting the eye. It can include other conditions that commonly come with vision or eye complications, where the research will focus on those complications."
Examples of what would be a "complication" could include people studying HIV/AIDS and the eye issues that arise out of that OR eye issues as a result of having the neurological condition of cerebral palsy OR social and behavioral science proposals examining impact of blindness.
It is the responsibility of the investigator to demonstrate that the proposed study is a distinctly new direction of research. For example, studies that are conceptually similar to those being performed in a different tissue or in a different animal model, with a different assay system, or on a different population in the investigator's current research program, would not constitute a new direction. Applicants must be advised that this category has been historically difficult to justify. As a result we have included two examples of what is considered an appropriate and what is considered a less compelling justification.
Each funded grant will have a maximum budget of $30,000. Projects are for one year and are not renewable. To determine what budget items are allowable please refer to the instruction form.
A progress report is required at the end of the funding period and one year later, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge the funding agency.
Any resulting publications must directly cite the funding agency.
Note: For New Direction Awards, priority is given to applicants who have not received recent funding in this category.
Who's Eligible: UCSF Faculty at all ranks (Instructor, Assistant, Associate, and Professor) and in all series including adjunct and Professional Research Series can apply.
Who's Not Eligible: Residents, Fellows/Postdocs, Specialists.