Team Science Grant

Project Award Amount $50,000 to $75,000

Budget review will give preference to projects that effectively maximize limited resources.

Principal Investigator(s) effort is limited to 10% total per project.

This program will provide funds for a “Team Science” grant. The goal of this award is to stimulate new collaborations of UCSF scientists from diverse fields, including social, basic, and clinical research, which address clinical and translational research questions that require an innovative, multidisciplinary approach. This award will provide funding to develop complex cross-disciplinary research projects, including arranging meetings of investigators, performing preliminary studies, and preparing grant applications.

Diversity in both scientific and underrepresented minority status of team members is welcome; scientific diversity is crucial, and diversity in terms of the gender and ethnicity of scientists on the team is preferable. In addition to the scientific review done through  RAP, the funding agencies will convene a set of Team Science reviewers, who will focus on the sum of all parts and look for responsiveness to the Team Composition criteria listed below. Newly composed teams with more than two new principal members will be more favorably reviewed.

In addition, we strongly encourage teams that are diverse based on gender, ethnicity, race and other characteristics. 


  •  NOTE: Eligibility requirement need to be met as of date of submission

Who’s Eligible?
UCSF faculty in any series, including adjunct and professional research series may apply: Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, and Without Salary Faculty from affiliated organizations

Who’s Not Eligible?
Graduate students, Post-doctoral students, Residents, Fellows, and Specialists

Review Criteria
In addition to responsiveness to the RFA, preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate:

1.       Strength and especially breadth of science represented on the newly formed team

2.       Strength of the proposed study design and the investigators

3.       Likelihood that the research will move science along the translational spectrum

4.       Likelihood of extramural funding for a newly multidisciplinary project

5.       Representation by investigators from diverse fields, who conduct different types of research.

6.       A clear description of responsibility and unique contributions of team members, any existing relationships in the new team, and the organization of the team

7.       A clear description of the deliverable(s) at the end of the funding period, broken down by investigator.

8.       A clear description of how communication and meetings between members of the team will take place over time

9.       A clear description of how decisions will be made as the work proceeds

10.   A clear description of how the project  will include diversity based on gender, ethnicity, race and other characteristics; diversity can be represented through team composition or through project activities

Award Administration
Awards are for one year and are not renewable. To determine what costs are allowable, please refer to the instructions. One award will be issued per project and one liaison PI will be designated as the primary contact for the award. The Liaison PI home department will provide the RSA for the post award management.

More on individual funding agencies supporting Team Science Grant:

The Academic Senate will fund projects specifically focused on eye research or gastric-related research.

REAC encourages projects specifically focused on cancer or cardiovascular disease. REAC can only fund projects having all members from the School of Medicine.

CTSI-Pilot Awards will fund projects in any research area, but cannot fund salary support for researchers with a current K Award (including K2 grantees), or international projects or expenses, including projects where there may be foreign co-authorship (if the tool/research becomes the basis for a paper that will be co-authored by someone external to the US).

Awardee Selection Process

There is a two-step selection process:

1)   Applicants will receive a review of their proposal scientific content by an appropriate RAP review committee.

2)   Applications will then receive an assessment of the ‘team’ aspect of the proposal (review criteria number 5 through 10) by a team of funding agency representatives.

RAP scores will be “weighted” using the team assessment and a final funding decision will be made by each individual funding agency.


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form 
Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things listed in numeric order in the instructions below. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

Instructions for Proposal PDF

Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

Proposal Length: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents and literature cited.
Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

Definition: same research topic with an amended application or research plan rather than a new research topic and new research plan.
Requirements: Please use up to one extra page to introduce your revised proposal, addressing the issues raised in the view, and any additional changes to your proposal. A new letter from the Chair is not required if the resubmission is within 2 cycles (one skipped cycle max). You will include the old letter and state your resubmission is within 2 cycles and new letter is not required. Make sure the new changes are highlighted in bold or italic font so the reviewers can easily see where and how the proposal has changed. Do not use track changes.

1. P.I. Name(s) - if funded, PI1 will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. 

2. Project Title

3. Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited)

  • Specific aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table)
  • Explain how this pilot project will lead to a major funding award from government, foundation or industry
  • Literature cited (not included in page limit)

4. Team Composition

(Complete the Team Composition form and include it in your submitted proposal)

  • Co-Investigator(s) max. 5 need to have a faculty appointment: Enter Name, Title, & Department on the Team Composition form
  • Please describe any funded or pending collaborative multidisciplinary research projects you have with Co-PIs from this application.
  • Please provide a 1-2 sentence description of the roles for each member of the proposed team
  • Please describe how the members of the team complement each other and why they are uniquely qualified to address the research question
  • Please describe the methods you will use to insure that your multidisciplinary collaboration will be successful  
  • Please describe any multidisciplinary training that has or is occurring within your working groups.
  • Please indicate whether any investigators meet the diversity clause stated in the project description (i.e., gender, ethnicity, race and other characteristics). If diversity is not included in the team composition, please provide an alternate diversity plan, such as a mentoring program or presentation to minority students.

*It is recommended that teams are comprised of at least three investigators. Inclusion of existing dyads in new team compositions is acceptable.

UCSF Profiles has research information on over 6,300 postdocs, residents, fellows, and faculty. Visit to find potential new members for your Team Science grant application.

5. Detailed Budget ($75,000 maximum per proposal) Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": Add the network recharge rates to your budget.



Not Allowable

PI Salary *



Post Doc Salary



Administrative Support












Personal Computers









Travel (Domestic only)



Research Staff Support (e.g. RSA; Lab. Technician)



Patient Care



Indirect costs on subcontracts at other universities



*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests. PI partial salary support should not exceed 10% of the budget. Anything over 10% must be well justified.  Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute that 10% salary support among them (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

**REAC can only fund travel required as part of the specific research project and should be clearly described and justified. Travel to scientific meetings is not an allowable expense.

Administrative support, mail, and travel must be required specifically by the research project proposed, and must be clearly justified.

6. Budget Justification: Clearly justify all costs fully.

7. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (5 page maximum): Use Form with other support pages. Include active, pending, and planned proposals. Include percent effort, total direct costs (current year) and potential overlap with the current proposal. Include bio-sketch for both PIs of a multi-PI application.

8. Letter(s) of support: Provide a letter of support from the department chair or other unit head. In addition, for junior investigators, department chairs/unit heads should comment on the independence of the applicant and availability of research space and other resources for the proposed research. Include the letter of support at the end of your PDF proposal and address it to the RAP Committee. If there are multiple (two) PIs, a letter of support is required for both PIs. If PIs are in the same department, the chair can vouch for both PIs in a single letter.