Faculty Development Award in Precision Medicine and Health Services Research


Project Award Amount:  

Up to $10,000 for 6 months (possibility for renewal): Early-career applicants (e.g., Assistant Professor or new to field)

Up to $40,000 for one year: Mid-career applicants (e.g., Associate Professor)


This award seeks to support faculty development and enhancement in health services research, health economics, health policy, or a related field to develop and collaborate on projects related to precision medicine - the development and delivery of approaches for disease prevention and treatment that take into account people’s individual variations in genes, environment, and lifestyle using computational tools and integrated data.

The successful applicant will become part of a global network of collaborators who are affiliated with the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Precision Medicine (TRANSPERS). TRANSPERS, founded in 2008, is a leader in developing objective evidence on the translation of precision medicine and other new technologies into clinical care and health policy. We are conducting studies on coverage and reimbursement policies, economic evaluation and methods, evidence development, and stakeholder perspectives. Methods include systematic evidence reviews, economic modeling, real-world evidence analysis, mixed methods research, and policy analysis. TRANSPERS collaborators have extensive track records, e.g., the TRANSPERS PI has 30 years of experience as an NIH PI and has published in major journals such as JAMA, Science, NEJM, and Health Affairs.

This award is focused on faculty development and career enhancement to achieve the goal of increased numbers and diversity of researchers on precision medicine.

- For early career applicants or those who have less relevant expertise, activities may include mentoring in obtaining NIH and other external funding, how to publish in high quality journals, and disseminating findings and having an impact on health care policies and decision-making.  – For mid-career applicants or those with greater relevant expertise, the focus will be more on project development.

The successful applicant will work with TRANSPERS collaborators on ongoing and proposed projects, to be determined based on the applicant’s interests and career stage as well as TRANSPERS priorities. We will work with the applicant to achieve the goal of submitting a collaborative funding proposal on precision medicine. He/she will also have opportunities to engage with other relevant groups at UCSF (e.g., IHPS, UCSF Precision Medicine Program) and externally [e.g., the Global Economics and Evaluation of Clinical Genomics Sequencing Working Group (GEECS)].

A progress report is required at the end of the funding period, identifying accomplishments and future plans. 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 early 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)

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications

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

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 and in the topics and methods relevant to TRANSPERS
  3. Career potential as evidenced by overall assessment of applicant to become a leader in the field
  4. For mid-career applicants, 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.


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form.  Please note there are several pieces of information that need to be provided directly via the electronic application form (selecting the appropriate grant mechanism, providing demographic information, uploading an abstract, etc.). Click here to preview an inactive template of the electronic application form.

STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things 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: 1-3 pages maximum, 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.

1. P.I. Name – Single PI only. Only ONE application as PI is permitted per cycle

2. Project Title

3. Proposal 

- $10,000 Project for Early-stage applicants should address the first three criteria above.
- $40,000 Project for Mid-career applicants should additionally describe at least one idea for a research question or project that illustrates how your current work and experience could be synergistic with TRANSPERS goals and activities. 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 (Up to $10,000 or Up to $40,000) round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $39,869 list $40,000).

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

Budget Preparation Resources:



Not Allowable

PI Salary



Co-Investigator(s)/Mentor Salary


Post Doc Salary

Network Recharge Rates                                                                X



Research Support Staff (mid-career applicants only)



Supplies (mid-career applicants only)









Personal Computers












Patient Care



International Subcontracts



Indirect costs on subcontracts

General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL)




General guidelines:

*The NIH base salary cap applies.  PIs are required to list their effort whether it is paid or in kind.

  • The award amount is DIRECT COST ONLY.

5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs. Budget Overlap - If the proposed study is closely related or a sub-study of existing funded research listed in the applicant’s bio sketch, clarify the relationship between the two projects and confirm that there is no overlap in funding.

For all personnel, clearly identify any discrepancies between the actual effort (i.e. real percent time) the individual will contribute to the project, versus the amount of salary effort they are requesting.  This is particularly important for personnel/PI's who expect to contribute project effort with little or no salary, such as those whose salary is above the NIH base salary cap.

6. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (if applicable) (5 page maximum):
Use this version: Biosketch Version F. Include biosketches for the PI, and any other key personnel such as Co-Investigator(s) or UCSF Faculty Mentor(s). 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 a letter of support from the department chair or other unit head that addresses the selection criteria.  In addition, for early career 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 Selection Committee.