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Dear Colleagues,

This month’s edition is jam-packed with useful information from our health disparities research spotlight to award recognition to some salary updates from NIH. The funding opportunities section is particularly full, so we recommend you scroll down to check that out.

All the best, 
Diane and David

Diane Havlir, MD, Associate Chair for Clinical Research
David Erle, MD, Associate Chair for Biomedical Research 

Health and Disparities Research 

Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc, Medical Oncology Fellow in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF Health is a scholar for UCSF's National Clinician Scholars Program and the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities at UCSF. Her long-term career goals are to improve oncology care access and the quality of care delivered to vulnerable and racial minority patients with cancer. Her current clinical research activities center on evaluating gaps in the delivery of guideline-concordant cancer care at the safety-net and examining social-related health needs and unmet survivorship needs of vulnerable patients with lung cancer. In addition, she is an advocate for workforce diversity and studies career choices and training experiences of underrepresented groups in medicine. 
Hala Borno, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCSF Health examines disparities in access to cancer precision medicine, with a particular focus on promoting equity in cancer clinical trials through evidence-based interventions. She has developed patient-facing technologies such as Trial LibraryTM and co-leads the Minority Equity and Recruitment Into Trials program that oversees clinical trial accrual patterns at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research on clinical trial disparities has recently been spotlighted in national news outlets including CBS news, NPR, STAT news, and Nature magazine

Addressing Racial Injustice

Support Black Scientists

Hana El-Samad, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Tejal Desai, PhD, Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, along with a nationwide network of BME women faculty have been organizing to discuss and research gender and racial equity in academia ​in order to establish more equitable systems. They have published a Perspective paper about funding disparities affecting Black Scientists, and mounted a large social media campaign with the goal of getting it to the desk of NIH leadership and perhaps to the Biden Science team. If you are proficient on twitter, please RT and amplify using #fundblackscientists, and tweet at our members of congress at @NIH and @NIHDirector.

Read more here
NIH Diversity Supplements

Please join the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) in promoting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements for students, postdocs, and faculty. UCGHI will host a webinar on March 3, 2021 with a panel of expert NIH Program Officers to provide an overview of NIH Diversity Supplements. 

Join the UCGHI’s NIH Diversity Supplement Webinar!
March 3rd, 2021 12pm-1pm PST
Register here

You can find helpful resources for preparing a Diversity Supplement application from the Research Development Office (RDO).

First Time R01s in 2020 (Cont.)

Congratulations to Kartika Palar, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Medicine at ZSFG who teamed up with fellow PI- Professor Sheri Weiser, MD, a member of the same division, to earn an R01 entitled, "Food is Medicine: Randomized Trial of Medically-Tailored Food Support for Diabetes Health," from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 
**Please let Ilona Paredes know if we missed your first R01 in this issue of the newsletter. We will make sure to feature your award in the next newsletter.**

Career Development Awards 

Charlie Wray, DO, MS, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the SFVA received a VA HSR&D Career Development Award for his project entitled, "Improving Access for Socially Vulnerable Veterans through Targeted Delivery of Telemedicine," from the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Health Care System. 

Sei Lee, MD, MAS, Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the SFVA received a K24 for his project entitled, "Improving Care for Nursing Home Residents with Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment," from the National Institute on Aging. 

Help with Grant Preparation
DOM PRE-Proposal Application REview (PREPARE)
Requests for grant reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis

Would you like a sense of what peer review is like? With PREPARE, you can not only get your own grant reviewed, but you can also gain experience serving as a reviewer. Early career faculty are especially encouraged to join our panel of reviewers.

"I was​ able to serve as a reviewer for UCSF's PREPARE program. Last Fall, I had the opportunity to review someone else's R01 through the PREPARE program and participated in a mock study section (albeit with just 2 other reviewers and the grant-writer). It provided a great opportunity to get a sense of what peer review is like. There is also a small stipend associated with this activity." - Renuka Nayak

For more information, click here to contact us. To sign up to be a reviewer, please click here
Extramural Edge for Scholars Program
Registration deadline is February 28th 

Join the Edge for Scholars Online Grant Writing Workshop, for 12 weeks of guided training starting March 1, 2021. Content includes key skills, structure, and supports for accountability to write an outstanding grant. This workshop is ideal for June NIH submissions.
Register here

UCSF Career Development Programs

SOM Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) Scientist Program
Application deadline is March 11th

CADC is accepting applications for pilot studies to investigate research questions that address persistent health disparities observed for racial, ethnic, and sexual and gender minorities, as well as by social class among older people.

Please email your name, position, and draft title to Anita Ponce as soon as possible to announce your intention to apply. To apply, please click hereApplications are due by March 11, 2021.

For programmatic questions, email Leah Karliner. For questions regarding the application process, email Anita Ponce. For more information, click on the button below. 

Read more here

SOM Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Application deadline is March 17th

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds. Scholars should be committed to working toward eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine.

The Program is offering:

  • four-year awards of up to $420,000 each for salary and research support.

Please email Melanie Dernyck to announce your intention to apply, then follow application instructions in the RFP, conferring with your Research Services Coordinator as needed. Applications are due by March 17, 2021. 

Read more here

DOM Research Faculty Support

DOM NIH+ Expansion

The DOM NIH+ program provides Professors and Associate Professors up to 20% of the salary support that they received from NIH or other capped awards in the previous year. (This benefit is reduced or eliminated for those with certain other sources of support, such as iRAPS or endowed chairs). The department recognizes that promotion to Associate rank might be postponed due to Covid-19. To address this financial impact in FY21 and FY22 we will temporarily open up NIH+ eligibility to all faculty, in any series, at the Assistant 4 and Assistant 5 rank. This one-year opening will be automatic and eligible faculty will see the appropriate NIH+ resources in their discretionary accounts in the next several months.

Read more here
DOM CoBrA (Covid Bridge Funding Assistance Program)
Application deadline is February 26th 

The CoBrA program is designed to provide bridge funding to eligible late assistant professors who have had to “stop the clock” due to Covid. The department has decided to widen CoBrA eligibility to faculty who would have been considered for promotion to Associate Professor In Residence in either July 2021 or July 2022

Applicants should e-mail their CV and a brief statement describing their need and the Covid-19-related reasons for the delay in their promotion to Ilona Paredes. Applications are due by February 26, 2021
Read more here

For additional selected resources for faculty, please click here

NIH Funding News

NIH Award Extensions for Researchers Impacted by Covid

The NIH (NOT-OD-21-052) - will allow for no cost extensions and consider funded extensions of grants for individuals whose research has been adversely impacted by Covid-19. It will be open to all requests, with a special focus on helping trainees and junior faculty. For more information, click on the button below. 
Read more here
New NIH Cap 

Effective January 3, 2021, the new NIH cap increases from $197,300 to $199,300. The Office of Sponsored Research began using the new cap on all proposals starting on January 13th, and UCSF will use February 1, 2021 as the effective date when the new cap can be used on any existing awards. Please note, that the increase in the cap does not increase the total award amount. 
NRSA Stipend Levels

NIH also recently published updated FY 2021 stipend levels for Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows made on or after October 1, 2020. All NRSA awards issued in NIH FY 2021 will be revised to adjust funding to the FY 2021 levels. Please note, per the Postdoctoral Scholars’ MOU between the University of California and the UAW Union, the University minimum salary/stipend rates for Postdoctoral Scholars are generally two levels (i.e., 2 years) higher than the NIH scale. There are no changes this year to NRSA thresholds for Tuition and Fees, Training-related Expenses, and Institutional Allowance. If you have further questions, please consult your HR generalist or please direct inquiries regarding UCSF policies and procedures to

For further details, please click on the button below. 
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Funding Opportunities 

UCSF IMplementation Science for Pulmonary And Cardiac Research Training (IMPACT K12) 
Application deadline is March 1st 

The Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics is now accepting applications for the IMPACT K12 program which trains junior faculty in the science of improving the delivery of interventions proven to improve heart and lung health. Scholars will be appointed for a period of 12-15 months and receive $100,000 in salary support, $30,000 in research and career development support, and $3,800 for travel. 

For questions, please email Madeline Mann. To apply, click here. For more information, click on the button below.  

Read more here
Extramural Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists (DDCF FRCS)
Application deadline is March 1st 
The DDCF FRCS is dedicated to supporting informal caregivers who provide regular care to a family member with a serious health problem, long-term illness, or disability. This is only open to MD/DOs. Proposals for this award are elicited during the RAP cycle as part of the broader RAP Family Support Awards. Applications are due by March 1, 2021.

To apply, click here. For more information on RAP Family Support Awards, please click on the button below. 
Read more here
SOM Dean's Diversity Fund/ John A. Watson Faculty Scholars
DOM internal nomination deadline is March 15th 

The UCSF School of Medicine Dean’s Diversity Fund supports the recruitment and retention of faculty who share the university’s commitment to diversity. The fund will provide up to eight faculty with three-year, $75,000 per year support, to allow them to develop their academic interests. The recipients of these grants will be named the John A. Watson Faculty Scholars, after Professor John A. Watson, a champion for diversity, an inspiring mentor, and a tenacious scientist. 

Nominations are required to go through department chairs. Division chiefs must submit proposed nominations to the Department of Medicine by March 15, 2021. To read more about eligibility requirements and application details, please click on the button below. 
Read more here
Extramural Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Physician Scientist Award call
Application deadline is March 15th 

The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow. Awards total $223,000 over four years, with $2,000 per year for expense allowance (for their educational and scientific expenses).

Please email Melanie Dernyck to announce your intention to apply, then follow application instructions in the RFP, conferring with your Research Services Coordinator as needed. Applications are due by March 15, 2021. For more information about eligibility requirements and application details, please click on the button below. 
Read more here

SOM Prostate Cancer Research Funding

Application deadline is March 26th 

The UCSF Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research and the UCSF Prostate Cancer Program are excited to announce calls for applications to each of their Research Funding opportunities. 

The Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research will consider any aspect of basic research directly related to prostate cancer, including: basic and translational research awards in Prostate Cancer and harnessing novel technologies or research tools.

The Prostate Cancer Program Pilot Research Program calls for applications for funding of pilot projects in prostate cancer research at UCSF. All areas of prostate cancer research, including computational, laboratory, translational, clinical, and population science, are eligible.

SOM Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Awards 
Application deadline is April 1st  

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is pleased to announce a call for applications to select the next cohort of Biohub Investigators. Applications are open to faculty members from Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley who are eligible to serve as a principal investigator for federal and other grants. Biohub strongly encourages faculty who are at an early stage of their career and faculty from groups underrepresented in science, engineering, and the clinical sciences to apply. Successful applicants will receive $1 million in unrestricted gift funds over a non-renewable 5-year term ($200,000 per year).

Applications are due by April 1, 2021. To apply, click here. For questions, please email For more information, click on the button below. 

Read more here
DOM Cohort Grant
Application deadline is April 30th 

The DOM is pleased to announce that the 2021 Cohort Grant RFA is now open. A popular and successful Department grant to support the initiation or enhancement of patient cohorts, the data generated from the past awardees’ cohorts have contributed to over $7.5M in funding and the preliminary data generated from the cohorts have contributed to over 30 publications. Assistant and Associate Professors are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 5:00pm on April 30, 2021. To apply, click here. For more information, click on the button below.

"Primary data collection is extremely expensive and most career development awards do not provide sufficient funds to establish or follow a cohort. Therefore, this mechanism fills a critical gap that can allow junior investigators to establish valuable cohorts that they can grow throughout their careers." --Beth Cohen, MD, MA, Cohort Grant recipient, 2013
Read more here
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