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Request for Proposals - UCGHI Centers for Expertise

Key Dates

RFP Released Wednesday, 1/6/16
Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent (LOI) Friday, 2/19/2016 @ 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Deadline to Submit Full Proposal Friday, 4/1/2016 @ 12:00 noon Pacific Time
Notification of Outcomes Friday, 6/10/2016
Funding Start Date Friday, 8/1/2016

Funding Opportunity

The submission cycle for full proposals has now ended.

Complete proposals that are submitted before the April 1st deadline (12noon PST) and meet eligibility criteria will be considered for review. See above schedule for notification date.

Questions may be directed to the UC Global Health Institute at

This University of California Global Health Institute Centers of Expertise (COEs) is offering the following funding opportunity. The total award pool available is $400,000 per year, divided between two COEs that will be selected through this process. Each COE can be awarded up to $200,000 per year. The funding period will begin August 1, 2016. Proposals may request up to three years of funding from UCGHI. Awards for COEs selected through this competition are contingent on availability of funding.

Overview of eligibility, criteria and priorities

Eligibility »

Any member of the University of California eligible for Principal Investigator (PI) status may apply for this funding opportunity. Members of existing UCGHI Centers of Expertise are also eligible to submit LOIs and proposals, but should note their involvement with and/or funding from UCGHI (at any time in the past or present) in the disclosure section. Co-Directors and collaborators may participate on more than one LOI, but must also disclose this information in the disclosure section. Students, trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and staff (even those who qualify for PI status) are not eligible to apply. Although COEs must include at least four lead campuses (or three lead campuses plus researchers from one of the UC National Laboratories), only two lead faculty can be indicated as the two official Co-Directors for the proposed Center of Expertise.

Funding Criteria and Priorities »

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) advances the mission of the 10-campus University of California system to improve the lives of people in California and around the world. By stimulating education, research, and partnerships, UCGHI leverages the diverse intellectual resources across the University to train the next generation of global health leaders and accelerate the discovery and implementation of transformative global health solutions.

Two COEs will be selected through a rigorous and fair process to ensure that COEs meet priorities and criteria set forth by UCGHI. Priorities and criteria stated below reflect consensus by UCGHI leadership on the role and function of Centers of Expertise in the near future.

CRITERIA - COEs selected for funding by UCGHI MUST:

  1. Relate to the mission of the UC Global Health Institute
  2. Include at least four lead campuses or three lead campuses plus researchers from one of the UC National Laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  3. Engage all ten campuses across the range of COE activities and ensure broad multi-campus membership in COE governance
  4. Be multi-disciplinary, with particular focus on actively engaging the non-health sciences
  5. Employ an action-oriented, innovative approach to address a timely major global health theme or issue [see suggested ideas below]
  6. Present a clear strategic plan to produce significant, high impact, and transformational results
  7. Include a signature project that has clear potential to become well known and attract long-term external funding
  8. Include components of community engagement, knowledge generation/dissemination, and/or education/training of undergraduate, graduate, professional students and/or postdoctoral scholars
  9. Develop and follow clear timelines, milestones and metrics that will be used to measure the progress and success of the COE over the funding period
  10. Articulate a specific plan to achieve overall programmatic and financial sustainability with specific plans for continued work beyond the three-year award period.

Examples: climate change, environment, emerging diseases (mental health, non-communicable diseases, pandemics), food (hunger, nutrition, safety, security), water (quality, security), violence (war, conflict), injury, human mobility, health disparities and inequity, economic development, health systems (access, delivery, capacity building, workforce, infrastructure, organized response), and/or global health financing

PRIORITY will be given to proposals that feature:

  1. Local and global components (e.g., benefits to California and the world, California as a microcosm for global health, application of lessons learned in global health to be applied for local benefit in California, bilateral teams or exchanges of knowledge, curriculum, training, etc.)
  2. Education and training opportunities that increase accessibility of global health curriculum and experiences for undergraduate students across the University and/or learners from LMICs.
  3. Partnerships with other existing systemwide initiatives, UC special initiatives, international partners, university systems or consortia, twinning with UC campuses that do not yet have major established global health programs or COEs
  4. Direct strategies to enhance the visibility and/or capacity of the University's leadership in global health research, education/training, and community engagement
  5. Matching funds from local UC campuses of the two COE Co-Directors or other sources (e.g., philanthropic sources, other extramural grants, etc.)

Proposals from existing COEs must demonstrate how this funding will be used to accomplish new outcomes that meet the aforementioned criteria and priorities. Existing COEs should not request funds to merely extend current activities. The expectation is that existing COEs will renew their focus and programs, with corresponding modified administrative and governance structures to carry out new programmatic visions. This explanation should be well elaborated in a distinct subsection of the proposal narrative.

Please refer to the RFP for complete details on how to submit a full proposal.

Questions may be directed to the UC Global Health Institute at