Team Science Grant

Project Award Amount $50,000 to $75,000

Budget review will give preference to projects that effectively maximize limited resources. Principal Investigator(s) effort is limited to 10% total per project.

This program will provide funds for a “Team Science” grant. The goal of this award is to stimulate new collaborations of UCSF scientists from diverse fields, including social, basic, and clinical research, which address clinical and translational research questions that require an innovative, multidisciplinary approach. This award will provide funding to develop complex cross-disciplinary research projects, including arranging meetings of investigators, performing preliminary studies, and preparing grant applications.

Diversity in both scientific and underrepresented minority status of team members is welcomed; scientific diversity is required, and diversity in terms of the gender, race, and ethnicity of scientists on the team is preferable. During the RAP-facilitated scientific review, the "team-ness" - responsiveness to the team composition criteria listed below - will aslo be assessed. Newly composed teams with more than two new principal members will be more favorably reviewed.


Eligibility requirement 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) and Faculty Without Salary Faculty from affiliated organizations may apply.  Appointees to the Professional Research Series and Librarian Series may also apply. 

Who’s Not Eligible?
Graduate students, Post-doctoral students, Residents, Fellows, and Specialists.

Submission Rules

Review Criteria
In addition to responsiveness to the RFA, preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate:

  1. Strength and especially breadth of science represented on the newly formed team;
  2. Strength of the proposed study design and the investigators;
  3. Likelihood that the research will move science along the translational spectrum;
  4. Likelihood of follow-on extramural funding for a newly multidisciplinary project;
  5. Representation by investigators from diverse fields, conducting different types of research;
  6. A clear description of responsibility and unique contributions of team members, any existing relationships in the new team, and the organization of the team;
  7. A clear description of the deliverable(s) at the end of the funding period, broken down by investigator;
  8. A clear description of how communication and meetings between members of the team will take place over time;
  9. A clear description of how decisions will be made as the work proceeds; and
  10. A clear description of how the project  will include diversity or address disparity based on gender, ethnicity, race and other characteristics; diversity can be represented through team composition or through project activities.

Award Administration
Awards are for one year and are not renewable. To determine what costs are allowable, please refer to the budget instructions below. One award will be issued per project and one liaison PI will be designated as the primary contact for the award. The Liaison PI home department will provide the RSA for the post award management.

More on individual funding agencies supporting Team Science Grant:

The Academic Senate encourages project focused on eye and stomach research but it is open to all scientific areas.

REAC encourages projects focused on cancer or cardiovascular disease but it is open to all scientific areas. REAC can only fund projects having all members from the School of Medicine.

School of Dentistry (Only Sponsoring Fall Cycles) will fund projects where at least 2 of the PIs are from the School of Dentistry and encourages projects collaborating with other UCSF Schools (additional contributors from other Schools are encouraged) and specifically focused on scientific discovery in a key area of high relevance to oral health and dental practice, specifically:

  •   Diversifying funding portfolio and expand clinical research opportunities
  •   Increasing opportunities for translational research

School of Dentistry will only be able to support 1 Team Science award in Fall 2020

Awardee Selection Process

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.

Final scores will be a combination of the team assessment and the project scientific content, and the final funding decision will be made by each individual funding agency, based on the score and their specific funding priorities.


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. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

Proposal Length: Scientific Proposal: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents and literature cited. TEam composition: no page limit.
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 view, 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(s) - if funded, PI1 will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. Only one application as PI (PI1 or PI2) is permitted per cycle.

2. Project Title - (listed on at least the first page)

3. Scientific Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited)

  • Specific 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 word max).
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary Studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table)
  • Explain how this pilot project will lead to a follow-on funding award from government, foundation or industry

Additional Section ONLY for proposals targeting School of Dentistry funding:
Explain how this work will address the strategic priorities in True North plan of the School of Dentistry as delineated in the Innovation and Discovery Pillar:

Scientific discovery in should address a key area of high relevance to oral health and dental practice, specifically:

  • Diversifying funding portfolio and expand clinical research opportunities
  • Increasing opportunities for translational research

Literature cited (not included in page limit)

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.

4. Team Composition

(Complete the Team Composition form and include it in your submitted proposal). You can edit this form in PDF format if you have the software capability or you can export it to a word doc format and then edit.

  • Multiple PI(s): max. 4 and min. 2 (1 being the Contact PI).  Need to have a UCSF faculty appointment: Enter Name, Title, & Department on the Team Composition form (In the electronic application form only PI1 and PI2 can be entered).
  • Co-Investigators(s) max. 5 need to have UCSF faculty appointment: Enter Name, Title, & Department/Affiliation on the Team Composition form
  • Please describe any funded or pending collaborative multidisciplinary research projects you have with Co-PIs or Co-Investigators from this application.
  • Please provide a 1-2 sentence description of the roles for each member of the proposed team.
  • Please describe how the members of the team complement each other and why they are uniquely qualified to address the research question.
  • Please describe the methods you will use to insure that your multidisciplinary collaboration will be successful.
  • Please describe any multidisciplinary training that has or is occurring within your working groups.
  • Please indicate whether any investigators meet the diversity clause stated in the project description (i.e., gender, ethnicity, race and other characteristics). If diversity is not included in the team composition, please provide an alternate diversity plan, such as a mentoring program or presentation to minority students.

 *It is recommended that teams are comprised of at least three investigators. Inclusion of existing dyads in new team compositions is acceptable.

UCSF Profiles has research information on over 6,300 postdocs, residents, fellows, and faculty. Visit to find potential new members for your Team Science grant application.

5. Detailed Budget ($75,000 maximum per proposal) and please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $74,866 list $75,000).

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 it is paid or in kind.

Budget Constraints



Not Allowable

PI Salary *



Co-Investigator(s) Salary



Post Doc Salary



Administrative Support












Personal Computers









Travel (Domestic only)



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



Patient Care



Indirect costs on subcontracts at other universities



*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. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute the 10% salary support among themselves (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

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

**REAC can only fund travel required as part of the specific research project and should be clearly described and justified. Travel to scientific meetings is not an allowable expense.

In general, administrative support, mail, and travel must be required specifically by the research project proposed, and must be clearly justified.

6. Budget Justification: Clearly justify all costs fully.

7. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (5 page maximum):

Use this version: Biosketch Version F. Include biosketches for all PIs of a multi-PI application, 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. 

8. Letter(s) of support: Provide a letter of support from the department chair or other unit head. In addition, for junior 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 RAP Committee. If there are multiple (two or three) PIs, a letter of support is required for each PI. If PIs are in the same department, the chair can vouch for both PIs in a single letter.