The Catalyst Program is UCSF’s translational accelerator focused on advancing UCSF discoveries with clinical impact and commercial potential. The centerpiece of the Catalyst Program are Catalyst Awards that provide both industry advisor mentorship and seed funding to UCSF PIs with promising projects. The Catalyst Awards are focused on the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and digital health. Previous Catalyst Awardees include UCSF investigators whose works span a broad range of innovative concepts. The mentorship and funding awardees received enabled them to reach key milestones along the development path towards safe and effective solutions for patients.
ShangPharma Awards for the Development of Therapeutics
Diagnostics - up to $100K
Medical Devices - up to $100K
Digital Health - up to $50K
Applicants must be a UCSF Faculty member in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) or any rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor). Residents and Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to submit applications as a PI if they have a faculty member as a Co-PI.
Intellectual Property: Projects should have a strong potential for obtaining intellectual property. Existing IP has to be assigned to, or jointly owned by, the Regents of the University of California. If IP has not been filed, applicants must have an obligation to assign inventions and patents to the Regents of the University of California in accordance with University of California Patent Policy.
Proposals will be evaluated on the following:
1. Unmet medical need
2. Scientific rationale
3. Development feasibility
4. Commercial attractiveness
5. Intellectual property status, potential position, and issues
Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins.
Application Length: Maximum of 3 pages, (not including PI and team bios, literature citations, and budget pages)
- P.I. name(s) and project title
- Brief executive summary that includes: the unmet medical need being addressed; the initial discovery or observation; the specific focus of the Catalyst project; and the future product
- Details on unmet medical need addressed and competitive landscape (how the medical need is currently being addressed and other approaches being pursued to the same end)
- Details on the discovery and their implications for the eventual product opportunity; details on the current state of the project
- Details on the proposed Catalyst Project’s specific aims, and where they will get you along the product development path
- Intellectual property status (disclosures made to OTM, any patent filings)
- What are current sources of funding for the project? Are there any existing collaborations with other institutions on the project? What is funding strategy after the Catalyst Program phase of the project? What is the ‘exit strategy’ (i.e. out-license to industry partner, initiate a clinical trial, start a company)?
- Literature citations
- PI and team short bios
- Budget should include budget amount requested for each specific aim of the project, and their estimated timeline
Use the following budget template form: Catalyst Program Budget Justification Template
*NIH base salary cap.
Total Salary Component cannot be more than 25% of the total budget.
**Travel is restricted to reaching project sites.