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UCSF Research Development Office (RDO): Grant Templates and Guides

How to use this resource

The UCSF Research Development Office has prepared this LibGuide to support the UCSF research community in the development of grant proposals.

Please note that, while we do update these documents as necessary, it is your responsibility to verify specific information. The date of last update is in the header of each document. UCSF MyAccess will be required to view many of the documents. Please contact the RDO at to inquire about updated information.


The types of resources you will find in these pages include:

  • Facilities and Resources: descriptions of the UCSF Campus, Schools, Departments, and other institutional entities
  • Letters of Support: examples of LOS to express institutional support
  • Human Subjects: examples and templates for Protection of Human Subjects, Single IRB Plan, etc.
  • Project management resources to assist you in the development of any proposal.
  • Resources on various NIH funding mechanisms, including instrumentation grants, PCORI grantstraining (T32) and career development grants, NIH diversity supplements, and the NIH loan repayment program.

About the Research Development Office

The Research Development Office (RDO) at UCSF serves at the nexus of research and research administration to promote, support, strengthen, and grow the research enterprise at UCSF. By working with faculty, administration staff, and leadership partners, the RDO seeks to attract extramural research funding, increase institutional competitiveness, create research relationships, and foster innovation. To fulfill this mission, the RDO offers the following programs:

As a service- and solutions-oriented team, the RDO operates with integrity, professionalism, and respect for those with whom we work within and outside of UCSF. The RDO strives to act as an enzymatic catalyst for your research efforts - lowering the activation energy for effective research collaboration and proposal development.

Recent updates to this site

2019 Updates

August 1: We are thrilled to now host proposal grant libraries for PCORI grants and NIH Career Development grants.

July 17: We are moving all attachments to Box. UCSF access will be required to view/download documents.

May 8: New and improved page with resources and guidance for preparing proposals with human subjects research.

May 6: We published some exciting additions related to NIH training grants and the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Enjoy!

2018 Updates

September 20:  Description of the Biospecimen Resources (BIOS) Program and a new and improved example sIRB Plan

July 9: We've re-vamped our Letters of Support page.

June 13: We launched a new section with information and resources related to NIH Diversity Supplements. Check it out!

June 6: Check out our new, expanded description of the Diabetes Center (on our Facilities and Resources page).

April 24: We've updated descriptions for a number of UCSF Facilities and Resources, including those for CTSI and HDFCCC.