Faculty Development Award in Precision Medicine and Health Services Research

Project Award Amount:  Initial Award: Up to $30,000 for up to 6 months of salary support with possibility of renewal for up to two years.

This grant will not be reviewed by RAP review committees; It will be independently reviewed by the sponsoring agency.


This award seeks to support faculty development in health services research, health economics, health policy, or a related field to develop and collaborate on projects related to precision/personalized medicine, broadly defined. The successful applicant will become a collaborator with the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS). TRANSPERS, founded in 2008, is a global leader in developing objective evidence on the translation of personalized/precision medicine and other new technologies into clinical care and health policy. We are conducting studies on coverage and reimbursement policy, economic evaluation and methods, evidence development, stakeholder perspectives, and cancer care and prevention. Methods include interdisciplinary and mixed methods research, systematic evidence reviews, registry development, economic modeling, “big data” analyses, and policy analysis.

We seek applicants with diverse backgrounds and degrees who would like to work with TRANSPERS to leverage its focus on precision medicine - and to expand that focus to include the use of “big data” and real-world evidence, data science, digital medicine, the evolving diagnostics industry, precision “health”, and other related and timely topics. We will consider junior faculty as well as senior faculty who wish to pursue new directions.

The successful applicant will work with TRANSPERS collaborators on ongoing and proposed projects, to be determined based on the applicant’s interests and TRANSPERS priorities. The applicant will have the opportunity to publish and to hone their grant-writing skills, both as part of our team and for their own submissions.

A progress report is required at the end of the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge the funding agency.


Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Eligible:

UCSF Faculty in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors); appointees to the Professional Research Series with terminal degree (e.g. MD, PhD, PharmD, JD, or equivalent) and Specialists with terminal degree.

Preference will be given to junior and mid-career applicants although we will consider senior applicants who desire to move into a leadership role in precision medicine.

Who's Not Eligible:

Residents, Fellows and Postdocs, Specialists (without terminal degree)

Submission Rules

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications

Completed applications that meet eligibility requirements will be evaluated by an appropriate review committee. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Track record and demonstrated potential in scholarly activities, e.g., publications and grant funding
  2. Demonstration of interest, training, and/or experience in precision medicine
  3. Demonstration of interest, training, and/or experience in the topics and methods relevant to TRANSPERS
  4. Career potential as evidenced by overall assessment of applicant to become a leader in the field
  5. Creativity, scientific value, and relevance of written description of potential research questions and projects that could be pursued with TRANSPERS

Selection of Awardees

Funding decisions are made independently by each funding agency based on several factors –alignment of proposal to funder’s strategic goals, proposal research area of focus, and specifically called out eligibility or other requirements like membership in a center, affiliation with a specific school or relevance to a stated auxiliary topic.

Finalists will be interviewed by search committee members.


September 23 - RAP Application Deadline

October 11 – Announcement of Finalists

October 25 – November 11 – Finalist Interviews

December 13 – Announcement of Awards


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form
STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the items listed in numeric order in the instructions below.


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 3 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.
Application Content:
1. P.I. Name
– Single PI only.

2. Project Title

3. Proposal (maximum 3 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited)
Research Track Record, Interests, and Career Goals (suggested length 1-2 pages)
Please address the first four selection criteria above.

Potential Research Questions and Project(s) (suggested length 1-2 pages)
Please describe potential research questions and illustrative projects that illustrate how your current work and experience could be synergistic with TRANSPERS goals and activities. (selection criteria #5). For example, you might describe a project that leverages your current research methods or available data sources to examine topics of interest to TRANSPERS, or you might describe how you would approach developing a study to address a TRANSPERS objective. Complete proposals (with detailed methods) are not required.

4. Detailed Budget $30,000 maximum per proposal and please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $29,869 list $30,000). Budgets should be based on a reasonable percentage of salary to be devoted to this award.

Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html



Not Allowable

PI Salary *



Co-Investigator(s) Salary



Post Doc Salary



Administrative Support












Personal Computers












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



Patient Care



International Subcontracts



Indirect costs on subcontracts



*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests.

5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.

6. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator (5 page maximum):
Use this version: Biosketch Version E. In section "D. Additional Information", list the relevant recent past, planned, active, and pending proposals, including percent effort and total direct costs (annual), where possible. Include a brief discussion of any potential overlap with the current proposal.

7. Letter(s) of support: Provide two letters of support, one from the department chair or other unit head and one from a colleague, that address the selection criteria. Include the letters of support at the end of your PDF proposal and address it to the RAP Committee.

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