and Economic Development Newsletter
· NSF Award Statistics: FY16-17
· Availability of Cannabis
· UC-Mexico Initiative - Call for
Opportunity Fund Proposals
· UC-Mexico Initiative - Concept
· UC Cancer Research Coordinating
· UC & OptumLabs
Data Warehouse (OLDW)
· Loggerhead Shrike
Award Statistics: FY17
released data recently on the acceptance rate and award sizes in
FY17. A total of 49,424 proposals were
received and 11,456 funded for an overall rate of 23% percent.
The data is available at https://dellweb.bfa.nsf.gov/awdfr3/default.asp.
One can drill down to find acceptance rates and award sizes of
directorates, divisions and programs as the tables below show.
of Cannabis Research Funding - TRDRP
inception thirty years ago with voter approval of Proposition 99,
the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), which is
based in the office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) at the
UC Office of the President, has funded research into cannabis use
as it relates to tobacco use. While TRDRP will continue to
prioritize support for tobacco-related research, the passage of
Proposition 56 in 2016 expanded both the budget and scope of
health-related research supported by TRDRP. Investigators
seeking to understand the contribution of cannabis use to, or
medical use of cannabis with, different cancers, cardiovascular
and pulmonary disease, and oral health and disease, are eligible
to submit applications.
most recent call for applications, TRDRP received thirty-two
applications that are cannabis-related, totaling over $23 million
in requested funds. Fourteen of these proposals are categorized
as social behavioral, 6 as policy research, 5 as environmental
toxicology, 4 as neuroscience, 2 as pulmonary,
and 1 as cancer. Peer reviews of these proposals are
pending, but it is anticipated that the
program could fund up to $10 million in cannabis-related research
over its two funding cycles during the 2017-18 fiscal
year. Researchers interested in conducting health-related
cannabis research should consider this source of funding.
Required letters of intent (LOI) for the upcoming
TRDRP funding cycle can be submitted
between December 15, 2017 and February 2, 2018 with applications
due on February 28, 2018.
may be directed to the Program Officer
specific to the area of research as listed on the TRDRP website
Please note that Cannabis or THC cannot be brought to any UC campus without a
DEA license, even after January 1, 2018.
passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 will provide additional funding
for cannabis research. Once funding arrangements have been established for these resources,
research areas beyond health-related concerns, such as economic
and environmental impacts and public safety, can also be
Initiative - Call for Opportunity Funds Proposals
and Mexico have a long shared history of traditions, cultures,
people, geography, and issues. In the past 30 years, these
regions have experienced and continue to be
impacted by migrations, increased labor market
integration, natural disasters and environmental challenges,
among other things. This, combined with a complex political
relationship between our nations, has created a dynamic and
unique moment in time, and an opportunity to address these
challenges in a responsive manner.
the need to respond to these dynamic relations and situations,
the UC-Mexico Initiative is providing opportunity funds to
address them. These resources are intended to take advantage of
special opportunities or emerging issues that require a
responsive approach, and that would
benefit from collaborative research or scholarly activity between
UC and Mexican counterparts. These funds are to be a flexible
source of financial and technical assistance, and will support
emerging, high-impact, and time sensitive opportunities.
UC-Mexico Initiative will make available opportunity funds to
support proposals that meet the following criteria:
· Provide a timely response to an
emerging or time-sensitive issue, or a unique opportunity
· Have implications and possible
application for formation of public policy or will provide useful
data for decision makers
· Potential impact on or benefit
to both California and Mexico
· Appropriateness of budget
· No more than 10 percent on
· Within established dollar limit
· Opportunity to leverage funds
from external sources
· Submission of final report on
deliverables or outcomes and, if applicable, next steps
proposals are time sensitive, they may be
submitted at any time and will be reviewed by a
subcommittee of the UC Mexico Initiative Leadership Council.
Proposals must include a clear statement that explains why the
proposed activity should be considered
particularly dynamic, high risk or high impact, and the nature
and significance of its potential impact on the field. In
addition, the proposal needs to identify deliverables or
outcomes, a timeline, and budget with related justification.
strongly encouraged that applicants contact the UC-Mexico
Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 951-827-4558 before submitting an opportunity fund proposal.
This will help ensure that applicants meet the requirements.
funding needs exceed $10,000, please contact the administrative
office of the UC-Mexico Initiative by email at email@example.com, or
by phone at 951-827-4558.
Initiative - Concept Paper Call
UC-Mexico Initiative provides a strategic framework for
development of research, education, and outreach programs on issues
of critical importance to California and Mexico. These efforts are carried out in collaboration with
academia, government, and industry in Mexico and, as appropriate,
with partners in California and the US as well.
California- Mexico relationship is more important than
ever. The UC-Mexico Initiative invites the submission of
one-page pre-proposals on topics of critical importance to both
California and Mexico that define priority areas of research for
the UC system in collaboration with Mexican partners.
Pre-proposals should have the potential for development into
proposals that would also have a policy dimension. Criteria
that will be considered include the following:
· A shared challenge, issue, or
opportunity between Mexico and California, with the potential to
make a difference or have a significant impact on both (with
possible extrapolation to the US)
· Implications for the creation,
implementation, and evaluation of public policy
· Availability of UC expertise and
resources that can be brought to bear on the issue
· Engagement of multiple UC
campuses and/or national laboratories
· Potential collaborator(s) in
· Opportunity to leverage UC
investment with external funding
· Multi-year funding cannot be
Topics should be focused on a specific issue of
opportunity, and not a broad domain. Examples of topics that have
been suggested for support by the UC-Mexico Initiative include:
· Impact of technology on
agricultural labor in California and Mexico
· Educational challenges facing
K-12 students who cross the border, sometimes frequently
· Impact of environmental factors
and climate change on mitigation of Valley fever
· Accelerating the transition to
energy efficient buildings and cities in California and Mexico
should be limited to two pages, or approximately 1000 words.
Pre-proposals should outline the project or activity, highlight
deliverables/outcomes, and provide a high level
timeframe and budget. Please submit by January 15, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-proposals will be reviewed by members of the
UC-Mexico Initiative Leadership Council. A subcommittee will review
submissions to select 3 to 5 priority issues that leverage unique
expertise across the university system. These will
be invited to submit full proposals of up to $250,000.
Research Coordinating Committee RFP
Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) is pleased to issue a Request for Proposals for the awards for
2019. Administered by UC Research Initiatives in the UC Office
of the President, the CRCC is a systemwide,
faculty-directed cancer research program that provides one-year
seed grants for topics in any discipline that address any aspect of
cancer, including its origins, prevention and cure.
support meritorious research spanning all areas from basic research
to applied clinical and community-based research in any field
relevant to cancer. Currently, the CRCC awards grants to:
· New UC faculty to initiate cancer
· Established investigators in other
areas of research to initiate cancer research projects;
· Established cancer investigators
to initiate cancer studies in new areas.
maximum funding request is $75,000.
· This program is open only to tenured
or tenure-track UC faculty. The program offers two categories of
· New Assistant Professor (NAP):
Eligibility for the NAP category requires that the applicant have
an effective initial UC appointment date (for the purpose of merit
and promotion timing) between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017.
If the PI’s promotion schedule has been altered
for any reason, changes must be explained in the LOI and will be
reviewed and approved as part of the LOI process. PIs must be in
their second year or later of their first UC faculty appointment,
and applicants eligible for the NAP category may not apply in the
· Regular (REG): A professor who does
not meet the NAP criteria and who is proposing a new research
direction related to cancer. A logical extension of prior work is
not eligible for CRCC funding.
· If you have current CRCC funding,
you are not eligible to apply until that project ends. If you have
more than $350,000 of direct costs in existing funding in your lab
during the year you are proposing (2019-20), you are not eligible.
If you had a REG proposal declined last year, you must wait one
year before reapplying (that is, you can only apply under REG every
Teleconference (optional)*: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Required Letters of Intent Due: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at
12:00 PM PT
of LOI Decision: by Monday, February 5,
Proposals Due: Thursday, April 5, 2018
applicant teleconference is strongly encouraged for new applicants
and for previous applicants who are not familiar with proposalCENTRAL.
questions on program scope and priorities, please contact: UCRI@ucop.edu
questions regarding the application process may be directed to: RGPOGrants@ucop.edu
UC & OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW)
As part of
the strategic partnership between UC and OptumLabs,
UC researchers will be provide 7 researchers with free access
(aka: “research credits”) to OptumLab’s data warehouse. OptumLabs is an open, collaborative center
for research and innovation focused on improving patient care and
value. The database includes de-identified plan
enrollment information, medical and pharmacy claims, and lab
results from multiple payers, all integrated across care settings
and longitudinally linked at the patient level.
UC will be
soliciting proposals for research ideas that leverage the OptumLabs data. Examples of research
projects using OptumLabs data
include: Variation in care, Utilization, Safety and efficacy,
Predictive modeling, Policy and incentives, Outcomes, Methods,
Literature review, Health economics, Guidelines/Quality of care,
Epidemiology, Disparities, Delivery of care, and Comparative
Dr. Tsotras, from Computer Science, and Dr.
Brown from SOM, have been selected as
primary UCR contacts to explore the OLDW.
could vary slightly):
· Announce Call for Proposals:
January 8, 2018
· Brief Research Proposal Form due
· Brief overview of project, data
required, and resources available
· Review by UC BRAID-selected review
committee and by OptumLabs research staff
(the latter for feasibility only)
· Notification of selected
candidates by end of March
· Additional details on the
timeline, process for the OptumLabs
review and data access will be described in the January 8 CFP
(*note the change from last year):
· The Principal Investigator, or at
least one Co-PI, must be full time faculty at one of the five UC
academic medical centers (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF)
and eligible to submit grants
· Principal Investigators or Co-PIs
at all 10 UC campuses are eligible on proposals (with at least one
Co-PI meeting the above criteria)
Ask questions about the OptumLabs data
or your research idea by contacting Sarah Thayer, PhD (OptumLabs, Director of Research) at email@example.com.
Stay up to date on the latest OptumLabs
opportunities and information by signing up for the OptumLabs listserv: https://goo.gl/NgvXiw
Here's a loggerhead Shrike from the Salton Sea.