Family Support Award

Project Award Amount $40,000

Academic Senate sponsors Spring and Fall Cycles
(CTSI-Pilots Award sponsors Spring Cycles Only)

Description/Requirements Specific to Academic Senate Funding (Spring and Fall Cycles)

Family Support Award proposals are intended for investigators who are experiencing a temporary interruption in funding due to temporary family caregiving responsibilities. This grant supported by the Academic Senate has a broad scope: it can support junior or senior faculty (in the series listed below) who are experiencing a hardship due to caregiving responsibilities involving family members, from children to partners to elders.

Due to the demands of family care, faculty may struggle to keep up with an ambitious research agenda especially during and immediately after periods of more intense family caregiving. The funding will fill a gap and provide supplemental research support.

Applicants must describe a compelling need for the funds and must have existing research support such as a career development award or research project grant, thereby showing evidence of strong research training and productivity.

All junior School of Medicine faculty applicants holding an MD degree will be contacted during the review period and asked to complete a separate survey as part of a program evaluation research study assessing the impact of the Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (FRCS), a national program initiated by the Doris Duke Foundation.


  •  Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission
  •  Cycle Break Rule does not apply to this grant mechanism

Who's Eligible:

UCSF Faculty with >50% appointment in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors).

Junior applicants are advised to have a mentor who is appropriate for the planned research activity. 

Who's Not Eligible: Faculty without salary (WOS), UCSF Appointees to the Professional Research Series, Appointees to the Librarian Series, Graduate Students, Residents, Fellows, Postdocs, Specialists.

Submission Rules

Criteria for Review

Applications that meet the basic criteria for a faculty with a documented caregiving related hardship will be evaluated by one of the RAP review committees based on the proposal research topic. Each application will be reviewed for scientific merit and for caregiving burden and resulting hardship:

Scientific Review

  1. General critique and summary of the proposal.
  2. Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field?
  3. Approach. Are methods, study design and analysis appropriate?
  4. Is the study original and innovative?
  5. Investigator: Is the applicant(s) trained to do the studies? Does the applicant have a strong track record in this research?
  6. Environment: Will the scientific environment where the work will be done contribute to the probability of success?
  7. Budget. Does the proposed budget include only allowable expenses?
  8. Eligibility. Has the applicant clearly described the need for the funds and how they will be used to continue their research program?  Did they clearly describe their caregiving-based hardship?
  • Explanation of why the funds are needed to provide financial support during caregiving hardship
  • Description of the caregiving burden and impact of this caregiving on capacity to conduct research
  • Identification of a qualified research and career mentor who have provided guidance in the past – if applicable

Award Administration and Restrictions
Projects are typically for one year. A progress report is required of all recipients of an award at the end of the funding period and at one year and five years following the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support expanded/extended projects.

Selection of Awardees
Funding decisions are made independently by each funding agency based on several factors – scientific review score, 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.


STEP 1) Complete 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. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.


Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file.

Proposal Length: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents, literature cited, and community engagement component, if applicable.

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 review, 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 (no multiple PI). Only one application as PI (PI1 or PI2) is permitted per cycle.
  2. Project Title:
  3. Proposal: (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited and community engagement component (if applicable)).
  • Aims. Do not submit an application that describes an idea that is the same or similar to one used in a previously funded RAP grant. If it is a similar idea, describe how the new proposed research is uniquely different.
  • Feasibility: Describe what steps you are taking to ensure the proposed project can be completed within the one-year project period for this grant (approximately 300 words max).
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary Studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table)
  • It is recommended that PIs with projects involving human subjects prepare an IRB application concurrently with the application for funding. Please refer to the UCSF Human Research Protection Program to determine if your research requires IRB review and if your research meets the definition of human subjects research.
  • Describe how this project will further your career or lead to follow on extramural funding (e.g., lead to major funding, etc.)
  • Literature cited (not included in page limit)
  • Family caregiving burden and resulting hardship
    • Explanation of why the funds are needed to provide financial support during caregiving hardship
    • Description of the caregiving burden and impact of this caregiving on capacity to conduct research
    • Demonstration that the research plan is relevant to the applicant’s ongoing research
    • Identification of a qualified research and career mentor who have provided guidance in the past, if applicable
  1. Budget: ($40,000 maximum per proposal) and please round up to the nearest thousand. Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": Add the network recharge rates to your budget.  PIs are required to list their effort whether 'paid' or 'in kind'.



Not Allowable

PI Salary *






Post Doc Salary



Research Staff Support



Administrative Support












Personal Computers












Patient Care



Indirect Costs on subcontracts



*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests.

General guideline: PI partial salary support should not exceed 10% of the requested award budget - NOT 10% of PI salary.  An amount over 10% of the award budget must be well justified. 

  • General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL) can be included in the requested budget
  • 10% includes SALARY & BENEFITS
  • The award amount is DIRECT COST ONLY

If you need assistance with budgeting for statistical or recruitment help, please contact CTSI-Consultation Services. Consultation Services offers a free hour to all researchers per project and service, and it can assist with appropriate budgeting if your project is awarded.

5.   Budget Justification: Clearly justify all costs fully.

6.   NIH BioSketch of Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (if applicable), (5 page format):

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: Please include a one-page letter from your Department Chair, or other Unit Head, describing the applicant and including a clear statement describing the long-term commitment to the applicant’s career.