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

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Below are briefs prepared by the UCSF Research Development Office summarizing new initiatives or updates by the National Institutes of Health. UCSF MyAccess required.

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

FY22 Biden Budget - National Science Foundation (NSF)

President Biden’s budget request also includes an increase of $1.7 billion, or 20% for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Decades’ worth of NSF research was utilized in the COVID-19 response, such as computer software simulations of the molecular structure of the virus. NSF’s portfolio is intentionally diverse; investments yield unknown discoveries, spanning biology, economics, engineering, mathematics, computational science, data analytics, the social and behavioral sciences, and other high-impact disciplines. Research delivers solutions – vaccines developed from decades of previously conducted research led to shots in arms in less than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a monumental achievement.

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NSF has released a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020. Significant changes include:

  • NSF will require use of an NSF-approved format in submission of the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents, once the PAPPG (NSF 20-1) becomes effective;
  • New requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM);
  • New requirement for providing e-mail documentation of Program Officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals; and
  • Clarifications to current and pending support coverage as well as other changes throughout the document.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

The UCSF Research Development Office hosted a Get to Know PCORI event on October 2, 2017. Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of PCORI, gave an overview of the institute, and five PCORI-funded UCSF investigators discussed elements of preparing a successful PCORI proposal (panel discussion not recorded). A recording of Dr. Selby's presentation is below. The slide deck is available here.


A library of successful PCORI grants by UCSF investigators is available here.

Other Important Federal Agencies for Biomedical and Health Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As outlined in the President’s preliminary budget proposal, funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would increase by $1.6 billion, or 11%. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, other recent outbreaks of infectious diseases, and challenges like antimicrobial resistance underscore the vital role played by the CDC. To protect us, CDC scientists must be on the ground fighting public health threats wherever and whenever they occur. This budget takes a first step in closing the longstanding gap between the demands the CDC is expected to meet and its resources. 

Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ is the lead federal agency tasked with the essential mission of translating medical and public health research into more effective and affordable health care for Americans across the country. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, our nation was facing medical errors costing over 22,000 lives each year. We must empower AHRQ with the research resources to address this tragic reality and confront the estimated $1 trillion in unnecessary spending that inflates annual health care costs. The President’s request makes a much needed down payment on the promise AHRQ-funded research holds by proposing a budget of $380 million, an increase of 12%, over 2021.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
It would be difficult to overstate the crucial role FDA played in responding to COVID-19 or the agency’s overall responsibilities in moving medical interventions – from tests and other technologies to prescription medicines and biologics and from the lab to the patient. Responsible for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of prescription and tobacco products, as well as nearly 80% of the nation’s food supply, FDA-regulated products account for 20 cents of every dollar American consumers spend. According to Alliance for a Stronger FDA, the President’s request includes approximately $3.6 billion for FDA (exclusive of mandatory funding for FDA under the 21st Century Cures Act and one-time funding items). This much needed increase of nearly 10.6% over 2021 will help assure FDA can meet its crucial, multi-faceted mission.

Modified from Research!America News (