Family Support Award

Project Award Amount $40,000

  • Academic Senate (Spring and Fall Cycles)
  • CTSI Pilot Awards (Spring Cycles Only)
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Spring Cycles Only)

Description

Family Support Award proposals are intended for investigators who are experiencing a temporary interruption in funding due to temporary family caregiving responsibilities. During the development of a research career, faculty need to focus intensively on their research over an extended period of time. 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 in support for faculty with significant family caregiving responsibilities by providing funding for supplemental research support. Eligible faculty (see below) will complete a structured application describing the need for additional support, the value and goals of the research to be pursued, and how the funding will extend the current research program.

Applicants must demonstrate a compelling need for the supplement that is related to caregiving responsibilities which interfere with time available for research.  Funds are meant to provide additional support for ongoing research during this period.  All applicants must have existing research support such as a career development award or research project grant and show evidence of strong research training and productivity.

Note: Although many investigators are struggling with caregiving during COVID-19, this mechanism is specifically for investigators with extraordinary informal caregiving needs (e.g., caring for medically ill child, parent, partner, or loved one).

Eligibility

  •  Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission. No waivers will be accepted.
  •  Cycle Break Rule does not apply to this grant mechanism
  • Academic Senate and CTSI’s Eligibility criteria are different (see below for Funder-specific requirements)

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 faculty applicants need 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.

Funder-specific requirements

Academic Senate (Spring and Fall Cycles)

Academic Senate funding has a broad scope: it can support eligible junior or senior faculty who are experiencing a hardship due to caregiving responsibilities involving family members, from children to partners to elders.

CTSI Pilot Awards Funding (Spring Cycles Only)

The CTSI Pilot Awards program administers two funding pools with separate eligibility criteria:

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (DDCF FRCS) Funding

The UCSF Doris Duke Pilot Grant Program for Informal Caregivers seeks to provide research funding and support to physician scientists who are also caregivers of seriously ill family members during COVID-19.  Informal caregivers are defined as individuals providing regular care or assistance to a family member with a serious health problem, long-term illness, or disability.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (DDCF FRCS) restricts funded proposals to those with an MD or DO degree, an active medical license and a clinical or translational research project that has the potential to impact human health. In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, clinical research is defined as the scientific investigation of the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease using human subjects, human populations, or materials of human origin. Included in the definition are studies that utilize tissues or pathogens only if they can be linked to a patient. Research that includes animals or primary tissues derived from animals cannot be supported. If the proposed research involves human or animal subjects, the award recipient will be responsible for obtaining IRB/IACUC approval.

CTSI Pilots Funding

Junior Faculty in the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and faculty with degrees other than an MD or DO in the School of Medicine who have a demonstrated commitment to clinical and translational research and high potential for academic success can apply. Studies that include animals or primary tissues derived from animals can be supported assuming that the research advances science along the translational spectrum. The proposed research must be clearly justified as being on the path to potential use in humans. In compliance with funder requirements, CTSI cannot fund any projects which have the potential to have a) international co-authors or b) work performed in other countries that the United States, whether or not CTSI funds are used to pay for international expenses.

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

CTSI-Pilot Awards/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (DDCF FRCS) funding also includes access to resources and mentorship as part of the Fund to Retain Clinician-Scientists.

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.

TO APPLY:

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.

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, 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.

Resubmissions
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. : ($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": http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html. Add the network recharge rates to your budget.  PIs are required to list their effort whether 'paid' or 'in kind'.

 

Allowable

Not Allowable

PI Salary *

X

 

Co-Investigator(s)

X

 

Post Doc Salary

X

 

Research Staff Support

X

 

Administrative Support

 

X

Supplies

X

 

Equipment

 

X

Software

X

 

Personal Computers

 

X

Mailing

X

 

Tuition

 

X

Travel

 

X

Patient Care

 

X

Indirect Costs on subcontracts

 

X


*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
  • 10% IS A GUIDELINE
  • 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.