Innovations Funding: Eligible Expenses

Faculty time constraints pose the most significant barrier to improving current or developing new curricula here at UCSF. To help address this, the Academy intends that a large portion of Innovations Funding grants will be used to purchase faculty effort or release time from other obligations to guide new program development. (Note that this funding is not intended to primarily support faculty direct teaching time.) Proposals are significantly strengthened by an indication that faculty members' other activity will decrease to account for project development activities, and by evidence that this adjustment is endorsed by the department chair. Faculty support, for proposals requiring faculty release time, is typically up to 10% of an FTE salary.

The Academy seeks to fund several projects each year. Although there is no specific budgetary limit on any given project, the Academy will strive to fund the largest number of worthwhile projects possible (both large and small projects); therefore, many funded projects will be in a modestly budgeted range. Most awarded projects to date have ranged from a budget of $2,400 to approximately $30,000. Contained within these budgets is the key "purchase of faculty effort", which has represented up to 10% of a faculty member's salary (0.1 FTE). In addition, the Academy does not fund capital equipment (such as computer hardware) or excessive office expenses, and rarely funds food or travel. Projects may have funds budgeted for necessary supplies and other support. All budget items should be detailed in the budget justification section of the proposal.


Funding decisions will be made with the following considerations in mind:

  • The quality of the proposal
  • The level of innovation of the proposed project
  • The match with current year's thematic funding priorities
  • Supporting junior faculty, particularly as principal investigator
  • Supporting as many different PIs as possible annually
  • Projects with both UME/GME learners and interprofessional collaborations