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Why do I need to pay attention to the Facilities/Resources section on the NIH grant application form?
Reviewers need to be able to assess the availability and capability of the organizational resources to perform the work you propose. Under the NIH scoring system, this section is aligned with the scoring criterion “Environment,” and it contains information relevant to potential for success (the essence of the “Overall Impact” score).
Make certain you customize the information you supply (don’t just drop in boilerplate material without revising it to be specific to your proposal). Describe the organizational resources (people and equipment, organizational units and buildings) available to perform the specific work you are proposing to do. You may use this space to provide details that do not quite fit into other sections of the application. Guidelines do not limit length of this section as long as the material relates back to facilities and resources.
What information must I provide in the Resources section?
Make certain you answer the following questions:
What facilities will be used? Include the following subheadings (indicate N/A if not applicable):
Other, e.g., machine shop, electronic shop.
Biohazards or Other Potentially Dangerous Substances – If you are using anything classified as Select Agent, describe here any special facilities used for working with these substances.
Physical resources; and
For Early Stage Investigators describe:
Institutional investment in your success, e.g., resources for classes, travel, training;
Collegial support, e.g., mentors provided through campus, college, division, departmental, or other process; career enrichment programs; assistance and guidance in the supervision of trainees involved with the project; and availability of organized peer groups; and
Logistical support, e.g., administrative management and oversight and best practices training; and
Financial support such as protected time for research with salary support.
Hints for Writing Effective, Score-Boosting Facilities and Other Resource Sections
When applicable, remember to:
Elaborate on any collaborations and trans- or interdisciplinary aspects of the proposal (part of the intellectual rapport).
Emphasize the unique population of the state of California that UCSF serves, i.e., diverse, underserved, high incidences of a particular disease, etc.
Discuss how the UCSF campus has a well-connected network of sites with access to resources through its geography or layout. If a resource is on the same campus, or next door, emphasize the accessibility.
Provide ample proof of institutional support, especially if you are a New Investigator or Early-stage Investigator, e.g., mentoring, lab management advisement, intramural RAP grants, Clinical Translational Science Institute, access to equipment via the Research Resource Program, etc.
Wherever possible in the text of the Research Strategy section refer reviewers to the Resources section. Also, make certain Facilities and Other Resources text aligns with budget requests of the proposal.
Use adjectives (when true) in describing the resources, e.g., “modern laboratory,” “for high- performance imaging,” “specially constructed unit,” “multifaceted clinical operations,” or “high- throughput analysis.” Other descriptive words: “fully accredited,” “specialized,” “centralized.”
GENERAL ENVIRONMENT AT UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the ten campuses of the University of California, is devoted solely to graduate education and research in the health sciences. In both size and number of students, UCSF is the smallest of the UC campuses. Nevertheless, its relative size belies its distinction as one of the leading biomedical research and health science education centers in the world. In addition, UCSF is a major health care delivery center in northern California with a high volume of regional, national, and international patient referrals. In keeping with our overarching mission of advancing health worldwide, UCSF is devoted at every level to serving the public. Over the last century, the original nucleus of affiliated academic schools and divisions (now the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry) has grown to include a School of Nursing and a Graduate Division. UCSF is one of the leading biomedical research and graduate education centers in the world, and it ranks in the top group of institutions of higher learning in total federal funding for research and training. UCSF has an annual budget of over $7 billion to support its various research, teaching, and patient care activities. We are committed to serving as an anchor institution, leveraging this budget as well as substantial human and intellectual resources to improve the long-term health and social welfare of San Francisco.
Commitment to Research Excellence
UCSF is renowned for its pioneering work in biomedical discovery and translation. Among faculty members are six Nobel laureates and 11 Lasker Foundation awardees, including recipients of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Among UCSF faculty are also 74 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 108 National Academy of Medicine members, 58 National Academy of Science members, 68 American Association for the Advancement of Science members, and 17 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators or Faculty Scholars. By revealing the fundamental mechanisms of biology, UCSF researchers unlock the secrets of health and disease, forging new paths of investigation and developing innovative technologies to better prevent, treat and cure even the most intractable illnesses. We are deeply committed to a culture of data sharing, the exchange of creative ideas and the development of cross-sector, innovative collaborations. This mix of diverse expertise, technology development, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit, is leading the way in scientific breakthroughs, discovery and translation to therapies, and is transforming prevention and patient-centered care. UCSF is rapidly emerging as the nexus of a new Bio-Silicon Valley and leader in Precision Medicine. This is where the best and brightest innovators in science, medicine and tech are coming together to redefine possible and improve health worldwide.
The majority of extramural funds received is allocated for biomedical research. Research funding primarily is obtained on a competitive basis from the federal government. In 2020, UCSF received nearly 1,388 grants and contracts totaling $685.6 million – a slight increase over the 2019 total and a new record for NIH funding to a public university. In 2018, UCSF was the first public university to surpass the $600 million mark, a feat that has now been repeated for the last two years. Three UCSF Schools ranked first in NIH funding: School of Pharmacy received $40.9M, School of Medicine received $601M, and School of Dentistry received $25.9M. The School of Nursing received nearly $11.5 million in NIH funding, $1.1 million more than in 2019, maintaining both its first place among public recipients and third place among nursing schools overall. There are 40 academic departments and over 70 NIH-funded multidisciplinary research center grants including 10 Research Program Projects (P01), 19 Center Core Grants (P30), 4 Specialized Center Grants (P50), and 23 Program (U19)/Center (U54)/Complex Structure Program (UM1) Cooperative Agreements. Additional research funding is received annually from the State of California, the University of California Office of the President, private research foundations, state and local government agencies, private philanthropy, and industry.
Commitment to Outstanding Patient Care
The UCSF Medical Center is a network of more than a half-dozen campuses across the San Francisco Bay Area. The three main campuses are the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. UCSF Medical Center is ranked No. 7 on the US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll. To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medical specialties, 9 adult medical procedures or conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area. UCSF Medical Center is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and 10 children's specialties. It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 8 adult procedures and conditions. Similarly, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (San Francisco and Oakland) rank among the nation’s best in all 10 specialties assessed in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals, reflecting the quality of care offered to patients throughout Northern California and beyond.
Commitment to Outstanding Education and Training
The Graduate Division functions as the administrative and quality control unit for more than ~1,166 postdocs and ~3,215 students enrolled in ~30 PhD and master’s programs, in disciplines ranging from bioengineering to chemical biology, from biopharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics to nursing, and from global health to sociology (Fall 2020). Alongside these postdocs and students, UCSF trains another ~1,713 clinical residents or fellows, all together representing 94 countries. UCSF’s professional schools (Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy; U.S. News does not rank dental schools) are ranked in the top 11 research institutes (measured by academic quality, publication citations of faculty, and amount of extramural support for research and education). In the 2021 medical school rankings, UCSF School of Medicine was also the only medical school ranked in the top five in all eight specialty areas covered by the U.S. News survey.
In 2020, the Graduate Division received more than $29 million in NIH training grants, $2 million more than the year before. These grants support thousands of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other trainees in the division’s 19 science and social science PhD programs, 11 master’s degree programs, and two professional doctorates.
Graduate programs are organized around several interdisciplinary research areas that often contain members from several departments. UCSF also offers a CTSI-supported Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate program and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research as part of the Training in Clinical Research Program described below. UCSF has taken national leadership in the establishment of quality standards for the selection, appointment, compensation, and education of postdoctoral scholars. UCSF is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse population. Of the 20,615 UCSF staff, 63% are minorities and 69% are women. Of the 3.862 faculty, 15% are minorities and 50% are women. Of the 6,032 students, postdocs and trainees, 25% are minorities and 58% are women. UCSF is one of the leading biomedical research and graduate education centers in the world, and it ranks in the top group of institutions of higher learning in total federal funding for research and training.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach
The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) serves as the campus leader in building diversity in all aspects of the UCSF mission through ongoing assessment, development of new programs and building consensus. ODO collaborates with the four professional schools, the Graduate Division, and the medical centers, to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across UCSF.
The mission of the Office is to build a broadly diverse faculty, student, trainee and staff community, to nurture a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and to engage diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery and patient care. ODO’s priority is to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity and outreach that supports UCSF’s mission of advancing health worldwide, and the recruitment and retention of talented employees and students who contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Specifically, the Office:
• Leads outreach efforts to increase the number of underrepresented students at all levels of the educational pipeline, to increase the diversity of the pool for faculty, staff and leadership positions, and to engage the community;
• Educates others on many issues impacting LGBT populations, communities of color, women and people with disabilities and implement strategies to mitigate negative impact;
• Facilitates the implementation of equitable and inclusive admission and hiring practices and provide a welcoming climate for all through various programs and initiatives; and
• Maintains AA/EEO, ADA and Title IX compliance to ensure that all members of our campus are heard and protected.
• Maintains the Diversity Hub—a database that houses UCSF's ongoing diversity & outreach related initiatives, allowing the community to explore different ways to support and engage in diversity efforts.
• Operates the Unconscious Bias Education and Training Program that continues to provide a key foundation for improving our awareness of self as it relates to race, gender and other personal identifiers, understanding unintentional consequences in hiring, assessments and promotions processes, and calling us into action to eliminate microaggressions and bias.
School of Medicine Differences Matter Initiative
As the School with the largest number of faculty and trainees, UCSF’s School of Medicine is leading the way in transforming our culture for equity and inclusion so that all may thrive. Differences Matter is a multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable and inclusive academic medical system in the country. Differences Matter has six focus areas, each led by faculty and staff leaders: Leadership, Climate and Recruitment, Education, Clinical Care, Research, and Pipeline, Outreach and Pathways. The CTSI serves as an essential partner with this initiative, contributing to the overall UCSF goal of diversity and inclusive excellence in all aspects of its clinical, research and educational missions.
Over the past decade, UCSF’s capacity for clinical and translational research in the context of world-class graduate education has been redoubled by the construction of academic facilities at the new UCSF Mission Bay Campus, which is continuing with the 265,000 sq. ft. Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building, which houses the CTSI, and the 878,000 sq. ft. children’s, women’s specialty, and cancer hospital complex. Currently, UCSF has over 1.4 million assignable square feet (ASF) of research space: ~61,500 ASF in the School of Dentistry, ~1.3 million ASF in the School of Medicine, ~26,000 ASF in the School of Nursing, and ~110,000 ASF in the School of Pharmacy. This total space supports approximately Investigators with active sponsored awards. Research and clinical activities take place on the six main San Francisco campuses of UCSF: Parnassus, Mount Zion, Laurel Heights, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Mission Bay. A frequent UCSF shuttle bus service (running every 20 minutes) allows for efficient staff, reagent, and mail travel between all main campus facilities.
UCSF Parnassus campus
The Parnassus Heights campus comprises 71 buildings over a total area of 107 acres and accommodates a daily population of approximately 17,400 people. The UCSF Parnassus campus is undergoing significant construction to modernize research spaces and significantly alter the clinical space. In the process, UCSF is establishing a central research lab facility, referred to as “CoLabs.” It will house critical personnel matched with cutting edge methods and technologies to enable innovative life science research and promote collaboration in research across a wide range of disciplines. CoLabs is a common space that brings together core functions, staffed by related researchers from various departments to look at diseases in a complementary and collaborative way.
UCSF Mission Bay campus
The Sandler Neurosciences Center
The five-story, 237,000-square-foot building brings under one roof several of the world’s leading clinical and basic research programs focused on finding new diagnostics, treatments and cures for such intractable neurological disorders as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine, epilepsy and autism. Occupancy began in January of 2012.
A five-story, 385,000-square-foot building, it houses programs in structural and chemical biology as well as molecular, cellular and developmental biology. It also houses the Nikon Imaging Center and the Center for Advanced Technology. The first wave of faculty moved into the building in January 2003.
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Hall
This 170,000-square-foot building houses programs in human genetics, developmental biology, developmental neuroscience, and the Center for Brain Development. Occupancy of the five-story research facility began in February 2004.
This is the headquarters for the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), a cooperative effort among three UC campuses – Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz – and private industry that harnesses the quantitative sciences, such as physics and computer science, to advance our understanding of biology. The Institute has a three-fold mission of supporting the quantitative biosciences, translating basic research into products to benefit society and developing the California bio-economy. QB3 is one of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation created in 2000 to nurture the state’s leadership in the most promising scientific industries. The building has 154,000 square feet; occupancy began in February 2005.
Smith Cardiovascular Research Building
Headquarters of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute established in 1958, CVRB is home to nearly 500 research scientists and clinicians who focus on achieving new understanding and treatment for cardiovascular disease. The building’s first floor houses the UCSF Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center. The 236,000-square-foot building was first occupied in the fall of 2010. The building was approved for LEED Gold standards by the U.S. Green Building Council in September 2012, making it the first UCSF laboratory building at Mission Bay to achieve this status.
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building
This five-story, 162,000-square-foot building is home to scientists investigating cancer’s basic biological mechanisms, including brain tumors, urologic oncology, pediatric oncology, cancer population sciences, and computational biology. The building was occupied in May 2009.
The OI is a major center for outpatient treatment, research and training in musculoskeletal conditions, injuries and sports medicine. It is the first UCSF clinical service at Mission Bay and includes a Human Performance Center and Orthotics and Prosthetics Center. Housed in a non-UCSF building adjacent to the campus, OI opened its new quarters in October 2009.
UCSF Global Health and Clinical Sciences Building (Mission Hall)
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute main programmatic and training activities take place at Mission Hall, completed in September 2014.
Mission Hall provides a flexible arrangement for staff and faculty and removes traditional hierarchies. Every
individual has an assigned workstation and unscheduled access to all additional spaces used in day-to-day
work. This might involve moving to enclosed space for concentrated and focused work or moving to more
informal shared spaces which enhanced interaction and collaboration.
The following major departments or units of UCSF are housed in Mission Hall on Floors 2-7 including: Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Global Health Sciences, Pacific Aids Education & Training Center (PAETC), Prevention Science, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Finance, Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI), Research Management Services Women's Health Clinical Research Center (WHCRC) Mission Hall also houses a learning center on the first floor, including 11 classrooms with seating for 15-100 persons. The classrooms include state of the art technology: video/audio conferencing; lecture capture (recording); SMART podiums with built in computer and multiple displays; touch panel controls to name a few features. All CTSI training courses are delivered in Mission Hall, making this facility the central hub for TL1 Fellows and K Scholars matriculated in the Master’s Degree or ATCR programs or taking individual courses.
UCSF SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Established in 1864, the School of Medicine (SOM) is the oldest continuously operating medical school in the western states. Consistently ranked as one of the top five medical schools in the country, it operates facilities at eight major sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno. Lead by Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD Dean of the SOM and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, SOM was ranked number one in NIH funding, receiving over $577 in total awards in 2018. With 28 departments, eight organized research units and six interdisciplinary centers, medical school faculty and staff reach beyond the neighborhood to bring cutting-edge scientific research and complex clinical care to the nation and the world. Consistently ranked among the nation's top medical schools in NIH dollars awarded, the UCSF School of Medicine earns its greatest distinction from its outstanding faculty – among them are five Nobel laureates, 101 National Academy of Medicine members, 64 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 51 National Academy of Sciences members, and 17 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (DEB), which is located on the second floor of the Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building (Mission Hall) on the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF. The DEB space at Mission Hall features a total of 23,355 ASF on the 2nd floor, including open work stations, conference rooms (12 rooms), focus rooms (44 rooms) for 1 or 2 people for quiet focused work, huddle rooms (9 rooms) for small group activities, and break-out space for quick meetings or social interactions. The space also includes two shared printing/copy areas and a small shared file and storage area.
The DEB’s scientific mission is to do outstanding clinical and population-based research, often in collaboration with other departments and institutions, and to guide use of the findings in clinical practice and public health policies. The DEB carries out research on a broad range of applications of epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as study design and biostatistical methods. The DEB has six Divisions that oversee teaching and other academic activities, and include the Division of 1) Biostatistics; 2) Bioinformatics; 3) Chronic Disease Epidemiology; 4) Clinical Epidemiology; 5) Cancer and Genetic Epidemiology; 6) Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The DEB also has programs that serve as support groups for specified academic pursuits, including the San Francisco Coordinating Center and the Data System Services group. DEB faculty members include 51 primary faculty in the six Divisions engaged in a broad variety of clinical research activities. Multidisciplinary connections are enhanced by close to 100 affiliated faculty members whose primary appointments are in other departments of the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry.
Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine is the largest single department of the UCSF School of Medicine, with approximately 29 percent of the school's full-time faculty. For the past 30 years, it has consistently ranked among the top four departments of medicine in the country. The Department of Medicine has been the number one recipient of research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among all departments of internal medicine in the nation (in 2011, we were ranked second). Including all sources, we currently receive more than 1,100 grants, fellowships and contracts totaling more than $200 million. US News & World Report also ranked UCSF Medical Center as the 5th best hospital in the nation and the best in the western U.S.--with 6 specialties from the Department of Medicine ranking in the top 10 in the nation: nephrology (5th), pulmonary (6th), rheumatology (7th), diabetes and endocrinology (7th), oncology (10th), and geriatrics (10th). In addition, gastroenterology and cardiology were both ranked in the top 25. The department's continued success in this highly competitive arena attests to the quality and impact of the research performed by its basic and clinical scientists.
UCSF SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
Founded in 1872, the School of Pharmacy was the first college of pharmacy established in the west and the tenth in the US. It continues to be ranked as the best Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in the nation by US News and World Report and has been the largest school of pharmacy recipient of NIH research funding every year since 1979 (with $28.9M in 2018). The UCSF School of Pharmacy is lead by B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, and houses three departments (Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Clinical Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) that collectively work to improve the health of people everywhere through leading therapeutics-related research, education, and patient care, and public and professional service. Dean Guglielmo has been actively involved in the UCSF CTSI from its inception; he has also served as past associate director of the CTSI Mentor Development Program. The School of Pharmacy was the first to train pharmacists as clinical health care providers who specialize in a patient's comprehensive drug therapy and management. The School of Pharmacy administers the California Poison Control System and responds to approximately 600,000 poisoning inquiries each year, saving $30 million annually in medical treatment costs.
UCSF SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
Founded in 1881, the UCSF School of Dentistry is one of the preeminent oral and craniofacial research enterprises in the world. It has ranked as a top US dental school in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years; it received $24.4M in NIH-funding in 2018. It is also the home to several leading translational research programs exemplified by the multidisciplinary research centers in Sjögren’s syndrome, oral health disparities (Center to Address Children's Oral Health Disparities or CAN DO), and oral HIV/AIDS (OHARA), and is the administrative home of the UCSF Healthforce Center for Research and Leadership Development. The school is led by Dr. Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc, and is comprised of four academic departments -- Orofacial Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, and Cell and Tissue Biology -- and employs approximately 200 faculty members, including three members of the Institute of Medicine and one member of the National Academy of Sciences.
The school has strong cross-campus research activities in stem cell research, craniofacial biology, oral/head and neck cancer, tobacco regulatory science, health disparities, and dental quality improvement, and conducts basic sciences research in several important areas, including biomaterials/bioengineering, cell and tissue biology, and hard tissue biology. The school is a pioneer in AIDS research, with more than 25 years as the repository of the San Francisco AIDS Specimen Bank. New cross-campus research activities that have the SOD as primary home include the Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Group, which seeks to discover new mechanisms of pathogenesis and develop novel therapeutic approaches that can be translated to the clinic, and the UCSF Correlative Microscopy Facility, which integrates traditional high resolution light with electron and X-ray microscopy techniques to visualize biological systems from atoms to tissues to organs – linking structure to function.
UCSF SCHOOL OF NURSING
Founded in 1939 as the first autonomous School of Nursing in any state university, the SON was the first university west of the Mississippi to offer a doctoral degree in nursing, and in 2017 UCSF School of Nursing ranked third overall and first among public universities by the U.S. News & World Report. The school ranks second in NIH funding, with $9.1 million in 2018. The UCSF School of Nursing is lead by Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN and houses five departments: Community Health Systems, Family Health Care Nursing, Physiological Nursing, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Institute for Health and Aging. Together, these departments guide the school’s mission of educating diverse health leaders, conducting research, advancing nursing and inter-professional practice, and providing public service with a focus on promoting health quality and equity.
The UCSF School of Nursing is designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Nursing and is one of five John Hartford Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Space for the SON is distributed as follows: research space, including research labs, offices, and service areas is 20,484 ASF; academic office space is 12,991 ASF; and the total School of Nursing space is 65,007 ASF, which includes classrooms, administrative, learning labs, and other such non-research or academic office space. The administrative structure of the School includes Associate Deans for Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Research, International Programs, and Administration who report to the Dean. In addition, each of the five units identified above also report to the Dean. A Center for Symptom Management promotes cross-departmental and multidisciplinary research focusing on interventions to prevent and alleviate symptoms; a Center for Research and Innovation in Patient Care focuses on patient safety, nurse staffing effectiveness, and strategic performance improvement through collaboration with partners.
UCSF Schools of Nursing and Dentistry have joined forces in Elev8 Healthy Students & Families, a new model for interdisciplinary education of advanced practice nursing and dental students in community-based health care, delivering primary health and dental care to vulnerable children in middle schools. Community partners include Safe Passages, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, the Oakland Unified School District, community federally qualified health clinics and the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies.