Funding questions put the "mad" in "mad scientist," but don't despair!

Fund Your Research

It is common for postdocs to be supported by their PI initially, but often postdocs will be asked to find their own funding at some point. Here are some resources that may help you start your search for funding.


Step 1: Search for Funding


*Training for postdocs and students in using the Pivot funding opportunities database is offered monthly by the Campus Library. See the Library class schedule for upcoming sessions.


Step 2: Create and Submit a Proposal

  • Did you know that at UCSF, all grant submissions – including proposals for postdoctoral fellowships – are required to be submitted by Research Management Services (RMS)?

Reach out to RMS and request that a research services coordinator is assigned to assist you in your application. Your coordinator will help you with proposal preparation, including budget development and compliance checks (see the RMS service partnership agreement for complete guidelines). UCSF requires that RMS approves all postdoc funding applications, and RMS must be notified of your intent to submit any proposal at least 30 days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline.

  • Are you interested in viewing a successful NIH-funded grants from a UCSF postdoc?

Request to look at funded grants and fellowships from OCPD's grant resource library, including access to lectures on how to prepare a K99/R00 application, navigating the NIH application process, and writing clear and specific aims.

  • Need some boilerplate language for use your grant application?

Check out the Research Development Office LibGuide.