Team Science Grant

Project Award Amount $75,000

Description
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, clinical and translational research that requires an innovative, multidisciplinary approach.

This award will provide funding to facilitate complex cross-disciplinary research projects, including convening investigators, performing preliminary studies, and preparing extramural grant applications. The proposal will be evaluated based upon the strength of the proposed science, as well as the team’s strength and the synergistic, collaborative contributions to be made by all members. Awards are for one year and are not renewable.

The goal is for team diversity to be reflected in both scientific discipline and the underrepresented minority status of team members. Scientific discipline diversity is required, and diversity in terms of gender and race/ethnicity of scientists on the team is preferred. Newly composed teams with more than two new members are highly desired. For the purposes of this grant mechanism, a ‘team’ must consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four principal investigators (PIs). All PIs share equal responsibilities in science of the project; PI1 is the primary contact PI. In addition to the required number of PIs, the team can include co-investigators and other personnel. The role of each team member should be clearly defined (PI, Co-I, other). It is also very important to maintain consistency when listing the team members’ roles (PI, Co-I, etc.) in the body of the proposal, the team table, or in the budget.

Eligibility

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

Who’s Eligible as a PI?
UCSF Faculty in any Series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructor, Assistant, Associate, Full Professor) and Without Salary Faculty from affiliated organizations may apply. Appointees in the Professional Research Series and Librarian Series may also apply.

Who’s Not Eligible as a PI?
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 scientific discipline represented on the newly formed team
  2. Representation by investigators from diverse fields, conducting different types of research
  3. Strength of the proposed study design and the full investigative team
  4. Likelihood of follow-on extramural funding for a new multidisciplinary project
  5. A clear description of responsibility and unique contributions of each team member, any existing relationships on the new team, and the organization of the team
  6. A clear description of the deliverable(s) at the end of the funding period with associated contributions expected by each, broken down by investigator
  7. A clear description of how communication and meetings between members of the team will take place over time
  8. A clear description of how decisions will be made as the work proceeds
  9. A clear description of how the project will support diversity or address disparities based on gender, race/ethnicity, or other characteristics. Diversity can be represented through team composition or through project activities.

More information from individual funding agencies:

  • The Academic Senate encourages projects focused on eye and gastrointestinal research, but it is open to all scientific areas.

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 Composition assessment and the project scientific content review, and the final funding decision will be made by each individual funding agency, based on the score and their specific program priorities.

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: 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.

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. Make sure the new edits 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". A new letter of support from the Department Chair or other Unit Head is required in all cases.

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 or Multiple PIs of a Team Science Grant) is permitted per cycle.

2. Project Title

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 timeline)
  • Diversity Statement: Describe how the project will support diversity or address disparities based on gender, race/ethnicity, or other characteristics. Diversity can be represented through team composition or through project activities. 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.
  • Explain how this pilot project will lead to extramural funding (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:
    https://dentistry.ucsf.edu/about/truenorth/innovation-and-discovery
    ​Projects should address Scientific discovery in a key area of high relevance to oral health/ dentistry, specifically:
    • Diversifying PIs’ funding portfolio and expanding clinical research opportunities
    • Increasing opportunities for translational research

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. You will need to convert completed form to a pdf document before combining with the Scientific Proposal and submitting.

  • Multiple PI(s): min. 2 and max. 4 (PI1 is the Contact PI). PIs need to have UCSF faculty appointments: 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 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 on this application.
  • Please provide a 1-2 sentences 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 ensure 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 are underrepresented group members based on gender, ethnicity, or other characteristics.
  • It is recommended that teams are comprised of at least three investigators. Inclusion of existing collaborators in team compositions is acceptable as long as there is at least 1 new PI.

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

5. Detailed Budget $75,000 maximum per proposal; 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":
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html 

    Budget Preparation Resources:
    OSR: Develop a Budget 
    Standard Budget Components, including information on personnel costs (salary and benefits)
    NIH: Develop Your Budget

 

Allowable

Not Allowable

PI Salary *

X

 

Co-Investigator(s) Salary

 X

 

Post Doc Salary

X

 

Network Recharge Rates X  

Administrative Support

X

 

Supplies

X

 

Equipment

 

X

Software

 

X

Personal Computers

 

X

Mailing

X

 

Network Recharge Rates X  
General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL)   X

Tuition

 

X

Travel (Domestic only)

X**

 

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

X

 

Patient Care

 

X

Indirect costs on subcontracts at other universities

 

X

General Guidelines:

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

PI partial salary support should be well-justified with respect to project activities. Due to their small size, RAP grants are designed for project support and are not intended to provide PI salary support unrelated to the project.  PI salary amounts greater than ~10% of the requested award amount (e.g., $5,000 of a $50K award proposal, not 10% FTE) must be well justified and it should reflect work done by the PI to conduct specific scientific tasks on the project (e.g. data collection, computation) and not merely general supervision of project goals and personnel.

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

  • The 10% limit on salary support is a guideline and includes SALARY & FRINGE BENEFITS.
  • Update: General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL) are NOT allowable costs.
  • 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.

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

Recall: PI salary amounts greater than ~10% of the requested award amount must be well justified.

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. A letter of support is required for each PI. The chair/unit head can vouch for multiple PIs from the same department/unit in a single letter.