As part of UC’s Research2030 “Invest to Advance” strategic plan, we seek to support and enhance the competitiveness of our research enterprise for major funding opportunities. As a result, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 RFA for the inaugural Major Proposal Support Program, which will provide internal and external expert support for UC faculty who are targeting major, multi-year, competitive and prestigious funding opportunities.* Awardees will receive up to two waves of pre-submission review and editing of full proposals. Services include project management; expert coaching on program officer outreach and funder expectations; and proposal support in the form of hands-on review and revision services. Tenured- and tenure-track faculty (with at least 80% FTE) are eligible to apply. Awardees will be encouraged to begin drafting proposals upon receiving and accepting the award, however, this program is targeting external funding opportunity submission dates that fall within the window of August 15, 2021 through February 1, 2022. The Office of Research intends to re-release this RFA again in the spring to target major funding opportunities in the time period of February 1, 2022 through August 15, 2022, and then repeat this program every 6 months thereafter.
*The Office of Research appreciates the fact that what is considered a ‘major, highly competitive’ opportunity varies from field to field. Our aim is to increase competitiveness of UC faculty for significant external funding across all STEMM and AHSS disciplines.
Total Awardees: Depending on the number and quality of applications received, up to 6 applications will be selected for proposal development support. RFP Released: December 1, 2020.