School of Medicine

About the Research Development Unit

The Research Development Unit (RDU), an entity within the UCI School of Medicine Office of Research, designs and implements services and other resources to help investigators succeed in obtaining and maintaining extramural funding.

Our services include: 

Funding Opportunity Support

  • Orient investigators to grant agency funding priorities and trends to develop a strategic approach to apply for funding. To request a consultation, contact
  • Conduct targeted funding opportunity searches via an online request form.

Grant Proposal Support

For specific support requests, please contact

UCI NIH Boot Camp

The RDU administers this campus-wide program designed to help UCI faculty researchers successfully apply for their first research grants from NIH. For more information, please refer to the Boot Camp website.

In addition to the services above, the RDU administers a number of intramural funding programs, including the school’s process for proposals to the VCR’s Bridge funding program. Click here for a list of upcoming funding opportunities. For other inquiries, please contact

NIH Resubmission Program

The Research Development Unit (RDU), within the SOM Office of Research, provides faculty with in-depth and organized support for proposal writing and revisions.  Support includes editing services and pre-review by subject matter experts to facilitate the preparation of competitive –A1 or restructured –A0 applications.

If you would like to enroll in this program, please contact the SOM RDU at for details or apply here.