UCGHI Incubator Awards

Request for Letter of Intent
UC Global Health Institute’s Incubator Awards
Deadline for Letter of Intent: January 15th, 2021

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) catalyzes innovation for transformative solutions to global health challenges.

  • UCGHI is launching a competitive grants program to provide 5 to 10 UCGHI Incubator Awards of between $5000 and $10,000.  These grants are designed stimulate multi-campus and multidisciplinary teams that also include international partners to propose innovative strategies for addressing significant global health challenge.  
  • UCGHI supports the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice to address health inequities locally and globally.
  • UCGHI is committed to training the next generation of global health leaders and supporting diversity in the global health workforce. 
  • UCGHI expects UC faculty to work in collaborative partnerships locally and globally
  • UCGHI encourages diverse teams that include members from backgrounds who are not adequately represented in global health such as individuals:  from gender, racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in health-related sciences; with disabilities; and from disadvantaged backgrounds or areas of the country.
  • UCGHI defines multidisciplinary broadly to include the health (human and animal) and environmental sciences, as well as social and behavioral sciences, public policy, law, humanities, engineering, business, the arts etc.
  • Funded teams will be expected to demonstrate specific plans to secure extramural funding to continue the efforts started by the incubator award.


UC faculty are eligible to submit a letter of intent which will be followed by submission of a proposal.

Domestic partners can include California minority serving institutions (including those within the University of California, the State University system, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

The UCGHI Incubator Awards are designed to support teams in the planning phase for a full application to form a Center of Expertise (COE) within UCGHI.  UCGHI now has two COEs:  Planetary Health (led by investigators at UC Davis and UC Riverside) and Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment (led by investigators at UC Berkeley and UCLA).   These COEs will continue to receive core support from UCGHI with the addition of new COEs. https://ucghi.universityofcalifornia.edu/centers-of-expertise

These COEs have leveraged significant extramural support to conduct significant research that produces high impact and transformational results to address a timely major global health theme or issue.  They have joined with international partners to develop multidisciplinary signature projects that include community engagement and research and opportunities for students and fellows with in UC and international partner institutions.

Two Stage Process

The competitive process includes two stages. Letters of Intent (LOI) are due January 15, 2021.  The due date for full proposals will be announced following receipt and review of the LOIs.

The LOIs will NOT be reviewed to eliminate any proposals. Rather, we request the LOIs to give the UCGHI Leadership Team the opportunity to provide feedback and also suggest additional collaborations that might enhance the final proposal. Feedback to Investigators proposing LOIs will be provided within two weeks (by February 1, 2021) with include instructions for the full proposal.

Submission Deadline:

  • The Letter of Intent must be submitted by 5:00pm PST on Friday, January 15th, 2021 via email to UCGHI Deputy Director, Sun Cotter: sun.cotter@ucsf.edu.

Letter of Intent Format (2 pages; 11 point Arial; minimum 0.5 inch margins):

  1. Title and Applicant Information (title page): Name of faculty lead(s) and partners with current position(s), institution email and telephone number
  2. Letter of Intent (bulleted formats are acceptable)
    1. Topic Area
    2. Public Health and Scientific Significance (How will the proposed COE will lead to significant public health and scientific advances in global health?)
    3. Innovation (How will the proposed team address the problem or issue in ways that others have not?)
    4. Potential funders for extramural support
    5. How the planning process will lead to securing that support

Grants Program Description

The funding period will extend from 9 months from the time that the Incubator Awards are granted. The final deliverable(s) should include the outline of a strategic plan, an application for significant extramural funding to support the vision of the awardees. Awarded funds can be used for a variety of purposes that will lead to the deliverables and expand the reach of UCGHI. Examples include the following (but not limited to):

  • Convening (virtual during pandemic)
  • Grant writing
  • Data collection and/or analysis to support a grant submission
  • Developing domestic, international and community collaboration and partnerships
  • Publication costs
  • Travel if in alignment with overall goal and objectives, to support international collaborations with UC travel approval.

Evaluation Process: The UCGHI Leadership/Core Team will review the LOIs and provide feedback on the proposed work and potential collaborations, and then invite teams to submit a full proposal.

Reporting Requirements: Successful grant awardees will participate in two or more one-hour meetings over the grant period with fellow grant awardees during the funding period to report on progress and further collaboration and partnerships. A final report which includes next steps upon securing extramural funding and two-minute video highlighting key milestones is required upon completion of the project. 

Acknowledgement Wording:  Publications and presentatons arising all or in part from projects supported by UCGHI should acknowledge the funding from the University of California Global Health Institute

About the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI)

UCGHI is a UC-wide initiative that stimulates, nurtures, and promotes global health research, education, and collaboration to advance health in California and worldwide. UCGHI supports the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice to address health inequities locally and globally.

UCGHI receives core support from the University of California.  Research and educational projects are supported with extramural funds. UCGHI is located within University of California Health (UCH) at UCOP and reports to Executive Vice President for Health, Carrie Byington MD.  UC Health comprises 6 academic health centers, 20 health professional schools, the UC Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees.

UCGHI leverages the diverse and multidisciplinary expertise across the UC system to revolutionize the training of future global health leaders and accelerate the discovery and implementation of transformative global health solutions. We believe that forging a transdisciplinary approach with equitable partnerships with our global and local collaborators and communities has the greatest chance of ensuring sustained success. UCGHI tackles the root causes of global health disparities: gender inequity, poverty, food and water insecurity, and declining planetary health resulting from environmental degradation, pollution and climate change.