About this Emergency Seed Funding Opportunity
In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in California and beyond, the statewide funding programs of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Research Grants Program Office (California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP)) and the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund are together making available up to $2M to immediately support urgent research to mitigate the pandemic.
Brief project proposals for a maximum of $25,000 direct costs and 6 months duration will be evaluated based on the potential to
(a) generate rigorous, actionable science by qualified teams with essential infrastructure support
(b) yield measurable, short-term outcomes that, when taken to scale, can help blunt the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak
(c) address the needs of vulnerable populations, including those with the co-morbid conditions of HIV infection, COPD or other lung diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or cancer, as well as the medically underserved.
Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for continuation funding prior to the expiration date. These continuation applications will be more substantive and will undergo competitive peer review.
This request for proposals aims to support rapid research focused on immediate outcomes and deliverables to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 disease severity, especially among those with cancer, HIV, and tobacco-related diseases, and it does so with a special focus on vulnerable populations.
RGPO will review and agree to fund proposals within two weeks of submission (actual receipt of funds will follow). Competitive continuation awards will be available before the end of the award period.
Projects will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately and continuing until all available funds are expended. The project start date is immediately upon notification of award.
Eligibility and Awards
Any individual or organization in California may apply. The project must be conducted primarily in California. This includes investigators from community organizations, public or privately owned corporations and other businesses, volunteer health organizations, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, laboratories, research institutions, colleges, and universities.
A Principal Investigator may submit more than one application, but each must propose a unique project. Applicants are limited to a maximum of one (1) grant award as PI.
Applicants will be notified of their funding status within two weeks of submission. No written application critique will be provided. Some applications could be placed on a ‘waiting list’ for possible later funding.
How To Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately and ending when all available funds have been committed. Applications must be submitted through SmartSimple. The Applicant must be the Principal Investigator (Applicant) of the proposal and must access SmartSimple to initiate the application process.
For more information and technical assistance:
Nicholas J. Anthis, DPhil
Program Officer, CBCRP
Deborah Colosi, PhD
Program Officer, TRDRP
Tyler Elizabeth Martz, DrPH
Program Officer, CHRP