New Direction Awards
Project Award Amount $30,000
This category applies to investigators who wish to embark on a new or substantially different direction of research rather than a change in methods or approach to the same study goals. This category also includes investigators who have pursued other academic interests and are now re-entering a research path.
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.
- An appropriate justification: An investigator working on the role of endothelial dysfunction in cardiovascular disease discovers that the trait under study may also lead to degenerative eye disease. The investigator requests funds to develop a research project in this new area. The investigator identifies appropriate collaborating investigators who will provide training in the new skills necessary to conduct research on this new topic, and provides a strong rationale for the likelihood of external funding as a result of this work.
- A questionable justification: An investigator conducts both human genetics research and complementary proteomics research in a mouse model of a common neurodegenerative disease. The investigator states that a genetic study in a rat model of disease would prove to be more effective in studying the disease in question, and that it qualifies as a new direction because the investigator’s group has never conducted genetics research in a rat model of disease. Applying one’s expertise (e.g., mammalian genetics, proteomics, mammalian models of disease) to a related model of disease would be less likely to be viewed as an adequately justified direction.
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.
Funding agencies require progress reports if an award is received. The number and timing of those reports varies between the agencies. Detailed information about this will appear in the respective funding agencies award letter. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge 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.
Geri T. Ehle
Office of the Dean
UCSF School of Medicine
Senior Senate Analyst