Our mission is to clarify the grant process, make proposals more competitive for funding and help in identifying funding for research careers at all levels.

For inquiries, please submit a Request Services form.

The Grants Facilitation unit supports School of Medicine researchers and their collaborators at no charge in the following capacities:


Junior Investigators

Senior Investigators

Scholars/Career awards


Grant preparation and development, editing, and review (all mechanisms and all funding agencies)

Support for collaborative grant development and grant-related program development


Website navigation for NIH funding announcements

Investigator outreach and program announcement interpretation

Notification and interpretation of new funding policies and requirements

Grant writing education for the classroom, for individual departments, and an annual UC Davis grant writing symposium (SOM Office of Faculty Development for dates and announcements)

Special support for career development applications in the NIH K-­series and T-series




Special support for large and collaborative grant applications (e.g., U-, P-, and R-mechanism­­s)


Review of summary statements, grant resubmissions and guidance for review appeals


Assistance in communication with NIH program officers or other agency contacts

We help individuals at any level of experience navigate through the ever-changing grant submission process. We will answer any questions that you might have regarding the grant development process or direct you to the individuals who can answer your questions.

We provide services to the UC Davis School of Medicine and other UC Davis Schools and Colleges when requested. The unit works collaboratively with the UC Davis Office of Research Interdisciplinary Research Support team as well as other grant support units across the campus.

We do not provide budgetary guidance or process your application through the Office of Sponsored Programs. These services are offered by your department or your unit. Check the list of internal items to be completed in preparation for grant submission.

The UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Research (SOMOR) Grants Facilitation Unit (GFU) works with faculty to creatively and effectively secure extramural funding from early career fellowships to large center grants. The GFU aims to support the UC Davis School of Medicine to encourage a vibrant, competitive, cutting-edge research community. We support faculty throughout the lifecycle of their academic careers, offering educational classes and seminars, providing one-on-one proposal development consultations, organizing strategic initiatives, and connecting researchers across disciplines.

Erica Chédin, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Collaborative Research Proposals
UC Davis School of Medicine
CTSC Building, Room 1423
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-703-9145
Fax: 916-703-9150
Email: emchedin@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Chédin assists investigators in preparing grant proposals, manuscripts, responses to reviewers, and scientific articles. She is highly experienced in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granting process and has helped prepare proposals for other national grant funding agencies, as well as private foundations and internal UC Davis submissions. She assists investigators with large, multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator efforts such as Center Grants, Program Projects, and Training Grants. She has played key roles in successfully securing funding for the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, the NeuroTherapeutics Research Institute, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, among others. She also co-teaches workshops and a two-quarter course on grant writing. Chédin (née Seitz) received her Ph.D. from UC Davis, then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. She was the recipient of a T32 graduate student fellowship, a T32 post-doctoral fellowship, and a F32 NRSA award from the NIH. She has published multiple scientific manuscripts and book chapters in top, peer-reviewed, international journals.

How to contact the Grants Facilitation Team

You may ask for services from the Grants Facilitation Unit by filling out a service request form.

Depending on the task, you may work primarily with one of us or all of us. We have had great success working as a team and we are integrated with the functions of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).

The Grants Facilitation unit is located in the Office of Research School of Medicine, CTSC Building, Suite 1400 (map) at 2921 Stockton Blvd. Use the entrance on the back (east) side of the building (not the Stockton Blvd. side) to access our offices.