School of Medicine

Resources for UCI School of Medicine Faculty

UCI and SOM Grant Proposal Resources:

SOM Research Development Unit (RDU): The RDU designs and implements services and other resources to help investigators in SOM succeed in obtaining and maintaining extramural funding. The RDU also manages the following programs. Click on the links for details of each program.

  • NIH Grant Boot Camp: UCI’s NIH Boot Camp is a comprehensive, multifaceted mentoring program designed to help university faculty researchers successfully apply for their first research grants from NIH. Teams of established faculty members with strong NIH funding track records and peer-review experience guide mentees through the process of developing NIH research project grant proposals, while encouraging peer support and feedback.

  • SOM NIH Resubmission Program: The Research Development Unit (RDU provides faculty with in-depth and organized support for proposal writing and revisions, pre-review and other resources to facilitate the preparation of competitive –A1 or restructured –A0 applications. Click here to fill out your request.

  • SOM Physician Scientist Training Program: This is a 2-year structured pilot program providing physician scientists with intensive mentorship and opportunities to apply for their first independent, federally funded awards (K08, K23) or other equivalent external career development awards.

  • Incentive Program for New Multi-Component NIH Grant (P Or U) Submissions
    The School of Medicine is pleased to announce the NIH Multi-component Grant (P or U) Incentive Program in recognition of the additional effort required by the SOM Principal Investigator (PI) to lead these large grant efforts.
    • Program details include:

      • Eligible faculty must have a primary appointment in School of Medicine

      • Eligible Dates of Grant Submission: 6/1/22 – 6/30/23

      • Eligible P grants (e.g., P30, P50) must have a proposed annual total cost greater than $500K

      • Eligible U grants (e.g., U19, U54) must have a proposed annual total cost greater than $500K

    • Incentive Plan Details:
      • Funded grants: an additional $10,000 for the PI
      • Funds can be allocated as unrestricted funds or z-payment
      • These grants are often a collaborative effort involving multiple investigators. In such cases, the SOM incentive will be shared based on the relative contributions of the Multi-Principal Investigators
      • In cases where directorship is shared between faculty from different schools, the SOM incentive program will only cover the designated proportion of the SOM faculty member.

    • To be eligible for these funds, please fill out the Multi-Component Grant Incentive Form prior to submission. For more information and additional grant submission support, please contact the Research Development Unit in the School of Medicine (
  • SOM-BIO Incentive Program: The School of Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences Deans’ Offices support the SOM-BIO Incentive Program to promote collaborative grant submissions between the two schools. Specifically, multi-PI (MPI) research grants with one MPI from UCI School of Medicine and the other MPI from UCI School of Biological Sciences at the NIH R01 level or similar (not R03 or R21) are eligible. Click here to complete the intent form.

  • Clinical Faculty Research Incentive Program (CFRIP). The RDU has posted resources for clinical researchers and can assist you with your proposal. Click here to complete the intent form.

UCI ICTS K Club: The Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has coordinated a grant writing series, K-Club, intended for junior faculty preparing to submit applications for the NIH Mentored Career Development Awards. These awards are designed to promote the career development of specific groups of individuals based on their past training and career stage.

UCI Applied Innovation - Resources and contacts for assistance with SBIR/STTR applications.

PIVOT- A comprehensive funding search tool available to all UCI faculty, staff, and students.

UCI Intramural Funding Programs/Opportunities:

Cancer Center American Cancer Society Seed Grant Program: The purpose of these research grants is to provide seed money for eligible faculty in the area of cancer research. Research in both basic and clinical cancer –related problems will be supported. It is expected that this seed money will allow for the development of nationally competitive proposals for peer-reviewed funding.

UCI Research Seed Funding Program: UCI Research Seed Funding Program is aimed at investing in promising research directions where internal seed level investment can lead to externally funded “center-scale” research programs. Accordingly, seed funding proposals are invited from multidisciplinary teams that can compete for extramural funding. Seed funding can be used for planning, capacity building, and research development activities. Examples of extramural opportunities that teams can target include the NIH P30, P50, PPG and SPORE programs, the NSF ERC, STC, MRSEC, CCI, and Expeditions programs, the DOD MURI program, the DOE EFRC program, the DHS S&T COE program and large grants offered by the NEH, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Other Internal Funding Opportunities can be found here.

UCI Brain Initiative: The UCI Brain Initiative was established in July 2018 through the Provostsponsored academic initiative program. The initiative will advance our knowledge through enabling state-of-theart collaborative research, developing the next generation of leading neuroscientists and creating an innovative digital hub for resource sharing and interactions. Our priorities include faculty recruitment, investing in new technology, graduate education, high-risk, high-reward research programs and seed funding, and engaging the community. The Initiative is led by a team of leading neuroscientists on UCI’s campus. A list of interdisciplinary pilot grants launched by UCI Brain can be found here.

Applied Innovation Proof of Product (POP) Grant: As part of a continuum of support for campus entrepreneurs, Applied Innovation’s POP Grants program identifies projects and products across the University with significant potential in the early stages of development. POP Grants provide gap funding of up to $100,000 to help move research and intellectual property towards commercially viable products and services. A round of POP Grant funding is expected to result in appreciable product development results that will allow for other sources of translational grant funding and/or partnerships with investors.

ICTS Funding Opportunities: ICTS offers small grants to support pilot studies for the purpose of supporting data collection that will inform an application for a larger extra-mural award.

NIH Resources:

NIH Webinars on a myriad of topics, including NIH and funding, Early Career Researchers, Budgets, Career Development and Mentoring, Human Subjects and Clinical Trials, and Policy and Data Management. There are also webinars on administrative issues and diversity.

NIH Early Stage Investigator Policies: This page provides information on the NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative policies that support early-stage investigators (ESIs).

NIH ESI Extension Request – policy and guidance and FAQs

NIH Research Career Development Awards – K Series FoAs

NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program - The program aims to help early career scientists become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review and to enrich and diversify CSR’s pool of trained reviewers

NIH Reporter – This is a public, searchable database that allows users to query current and past funded NIH research via a wide variety of data elements. This can be used to find NIH program staff, projects similar to yours, and even potential collaborators. Be sure to check out the Matchmaker tool.

Center for Scientific Review – Find a Study Section – Master directory of all study review sections (integrated review groups, special emphasis panels, standing, etc.). The Rosters & Meetings resource shows who served on past study panels and can help clarify the expertise represented.

The Role of the NIH Program Officer-NIH Extramural Nexus: Program Officials (POs) in the NIH institutes/centers (ICs) serve as your scientific and programmatic contacts. This post clarifies what POs can and can’t do, how to identify the correct PO, and tips to reaching out to a PO.

How to get the Most from your NIH Program Officer – This is a useful article that provides guidance about how to find and contact a program officer and what resources s/he can provide to help you navigate the application process.

NIH Peer Review Revealed – This video provides a front-row seat to a NIH peer review meeting. Real scientists from the scientific community review fictional but realistic grant applications for scientific merit.

8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an R01 Grant – The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) hosted this webinar to give different groups of applicants useful insights into CSR application submission and peer review processes. Additional videos are posted here.

UCI’s Research Centers, Institutes and Core Facilities:

UCI Center for Clinical Research: The UCI Center for Clinical Research is a centralized clinical research operation driven to improve the health and wellness of people in Orange County and the world by providing lifesaving clinical trials designed to strengthen and accelerate the pathway of discovery from the medical laboratory to you.

The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine (CAIDM): The CAIDM is a cross-disciplinary initiative with the mission to empower health care providers, researchers, and patients through the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare applications.

UC Irvine Cancer Research Institute (CRI): The CRI is an organized research unit dedicated to basic cancer research. The CRI has over 60 faculty affiliates from departments in the Schools of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Physical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Science. The CRI supports faculty research, organizes cancer related training and functions as the basic science arm of the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cancer Center Membership: To be considered, applicants must be eligible for principal investigator (PI) status on research proposals, have a predominant and productive interest in cancer or a related discipline, and be willing and able to contribute to CFCCC.

Facilities and Services Available to UCI Researchers


California Grants Portal - The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.

University of California Drug Discovery Consortium (UC DDC) - The UC DDC is a cross-campus initiative aimed at building a drug discovery community that actively promotes research translation through industry partnerships.

The Digital Scholarship Services department at UCI Libraries provides consultations and workshops for researchers on research data management topics, including how to manage, archive, and share their data to meet funder and publisher requirements. They administer the DMPTool (, an online resource for creating data management plans, and the Dryad Data Repository (, a free data publication resource. They also provide guidance in meeting Open Access publishing requirements. For more information, please contact Wasila Dahdul (Data Curation Librarian), email: Library guide to data management:

American Association for the Advancement of Science- There are many member benefits and membership in this esteemed organization has been a time-honored tradition in the scientific community. An important benefit of membership is to position yourself to be elected as an AAAS Honorary Fellow. AAAS Fellows are a distinguished group of scientists, engineers and innovators who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements. In a tradition stretching back to 1874, Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council.

The UCI School of Medicine Awards Nominations Committee would like to nominate our researchers for consideration for election to AAAS Fellowship; however, one must be a continuous member of AAAS for the four-year period leading up to the year of nomination. Please make yourself eligible for this honor and become a member. Learn more.


Research Development Services (RDU)- please use the email address below
Mary Frances Ypma-Wong, PhD (Research Development, Manager)
Lauren Nguyen (Senior Research Development Analyst)
Kristine Thai (Research Development Analyst)

Research Support Services (RSS)
Caron Miller, Director, Contracts and Grants

Center for Clinical Research

SBIR/STTR in Applied Innovation
Matt Hanson, Director, New Ventures

Corporate and Foundation Relations
Roxanne Ford, Executive Director
Marianne Smith, Director