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Call for proposals

     UCSF postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply for funds from a new fellowship program made possible by support from the Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research (Formerly known as the Sandler Program in Basic Sciences). The program is designed to encourage creative and independent research driven by postdoctoral scholars. The fellowships will support UCSF postdocs who wish to explore biomedical research directions that are not directly linked to the research interests of their postdoctoral mentor and require the engagement of an additional collaborator or co-mentor.
    Up to 14 fellowships will be awarded to provide the following funding for one year (January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011):
• $15,000 research allowance for research supplies, meetings, courses, and other research expenses
Download Application and Instructions.

Eligibility requirements:
Fellow must name a co-mentor who is not their current mentor
• UCSF postdoctoral scholars currently in a PIBS or BMS laboratory or UCSF postdoctoral scholars who propose a collaborative project with a PIBS or BMS laboratory. (PIBS faculty list:, BMS faculty list:
• The funds must be used to support research that is distinct from work of the postdoctoral fellow’s mentor.
• As of January 1st, 2011, the UCSF postdoctoral scholars must have been in a UCSF laboratory one year or longer, but no more than 5 years.
• PBBR funds can only be used while a postdoctoral scholar is affiliated with UCSF.
• Although applicants who have previously held a PBBR (Sandler) Fellowship are permitted to apply, preference will be given to first-time applicants.
• Postdoctoral scholars who have been awarded a career transition fellowship (e.g. K99, Burroughs Wellcome) are NOT eligible for the PBBR Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Application Instructions:
Proposals should consist of the following in order:

1) Cover page with name of award program (translational or basic science); title of proposal; amount of funding requested; applicant's name, department, phone, fax, UCSF box number, email address; mentor's name, email address, and box number; Collaborating supervisor's name, department, email address and box number. Identify the department that will manage the award, the accounting manager's name, UCSF box number, email address, and phone number. (See sample below).

2) Applicant’s NIH biosketch- do not exceed 2 pages..

3) Project description (not to exceed 3 pages of single spaced, 12 point font including figures and references). The project description should include: a brief introduction to the problem being addressed, specific aims for the funding period, a concise description of research methods, and a description of how the project is distinct from those of the fellow’s primary mentor, and in the case of the translational fellowship a one-paragraph description outlining how the research is translational in nature.

4) Budget outline describing how the $15,000 research allowance will be used. The research allowance may be used for travel to a scientific meeting related to the proposed research, courses related to the career development of the fellow, and research expenses directly related to the project. Food/entertainment are specifically excluded. Expenses for meetings and for computer hardware capped at $2000. For scientific reagents, briefly justify each expense.

6) A letter of support from the postdoctoral scholar’s mentor. This letter must include a statement that the postdoc’s proposed project is distinct from the mentor’s work as well as the mentor’s approval for the fellow to initiate the proposed project. This letter should be submitted by the mentor directly to

7) A letter of support from the collaborating scientist that describes his/her role on the project. This letter should be submitted directly to
Submission: The application should be submitted as a single document (MS Word or PDF) and emailed to by 11:59PM November 1st. All materials, including letters of support must be received by this time to be considered for the fellowship. An advisory board composed of UCSF faculty members will evaluate the proposals. Fellowship recipients will be announced in December, 2010 and the grant period will begin January 1st, 2011

A panel of UCSF faculty will decide the winners.

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UCSF School of Medicine Feature Article on 2007 Sandler Fellows

Sandler Fellowships were renamed Program For Breakthrough Biomedical Research (PBBR) in 2009