Funding Opportunities

CCFMG Pilot Research Grant

The CCFMG Pilot Research Grant (PRG) aims to foster innovative research in clinical medicine and fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers. The specific goals include 1) to support the development and training of junior faculty to become established as successful investigators and gain long-term commitment to research; 2) to support senior faculty to advance their established research and expand access to external research funding opportunities, 3) to encourage and foster research collaboration between departments as well as other academic institutions, and 4) to enhance the academic reputation of UCSF Fresno as a recognized research center. Click here for more information. 

Click here to view a list of previously awarded projects.


COS Pivot is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities for most disciplines from federal agencies and private US and international foundations.

  • UCSF affiliates can create personal accounts to save their searches and set-up regular funding alerts.
  • Pivot also provides a companion tool for research networking based on faculty profiles across a broad spectrum of institutions.

Click here to access and search the UCSF COS Pivot database.

Use your [email protected] email to sign up for PIVOT.  One-on-one training is available by contacting Sharon Hutchinson.

UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)

RAP is a campus-wide program whose aim is to coordinate intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF campus, while allowing funding agencies to maintain full autonomy over their funding mechanisms and awardees. It’s administered by the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost’s office and resides within the Research Development Office (RDO) led by Gretchen Kiser, PhD.

How RAP works: “One application, many funding opportunities, one deadline”. Applicants choose the grant mechanism (not the agency). Agencies choose the awardees based on scientific scores & their funding priorities​​.

The RAP review process, which uses 11 highly specialized review committees, draws from a large pool of UCSF faculty reviewers, matching reviewer expertise with each proposal to provide a fair, rigorous, and transparent peer-reviewed process that will encourage and stimulate research.

Most applications submitted through RAP will be assigned to a review committee organized by subject area. Proposals will be reviewed by at least two individuals with expertise in a closely related field and discussed by the entire review subgroup. Proposals will be scored according to the criteria listed in the descriptions for each mechanism.

Review critiques will be returned to the proposal PI, along with the final scores, unless the proposal was triaged (not discussed).  Agency funding decisions are based on final scores, reviews, programmatic goals, restrictions and limited funding availability.

For a list of current funding opportunities, go to the RAP home page.

proposalCENTRAL (Altum Inc)

An e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations.

Use your [email protected] email to sign up for proposalCENTRAL. Grant opportunities listed include many non-profit sponsors.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 2010.

PCORI’s mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.

PCORI’s goal is to determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients and those who care for them work best in particular circumstances, by taking a particular approach to CER called Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, or PCOR, research that addresses the questions and concerns most relevant to patients. PCOR involves patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, along with researchers, throughout the process.

Click here to see current PCORI funding opportunities.