Our mission is to clarify the grant process, make proposals more competitive for funding, make manuscripts more competitive for publication, 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

Staff

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 (check with Cheryl Busman, 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)

 

Manuscript editing

 

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.

Meet the Grants Facilitation Team

The Grants Facilitation Team consists of Jeffrey Elias, Ph.D. (Director), Erica Chedin, Ph.D. (Associate Director), and Betty Guo, Ph.D. (Associate Director).

In 2016 we received a UC Davis Health System Employee Excellence Award (for) Team Work and Collaboration. Our team style typically involves one of us as the lead contact for a project or request, with the others being kept in the loop and serving as consultants for the lead as needed. This concept helps us remain efficient and capable of providing a breadth of skill and expertise to any one project. We all have research expertise, experience in securing our own funding, understand the importance of receiving grant support, and retain expertise in our respective areas of training and research. We have all served as national consultants as well as throughout UC Davis.

trio of GFU

From left Erica Chedin, Ph.D., Betty Guo, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Elias, Ph.D.

Jeffrey W. Elias, Ph.D.
Director Grants Facilitation Unit
UC Davis School of Medicine
CTSC Building, Room 1424
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-703-9223
Email: jwelias@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Elias has worked in the editorial field for many years and has experience with the grant submission and review process as grantee, study section reviewer (NIH, NSF, and private foundations), department and center research director, and NIH program and review administrator. Elias served as Scientific Review Administrator (SRA) for the Center for Scientific Review (Adult Psychopathology & Disorders of Aging) and Chief of the extramural Cognitive Aging program (HSA) in the Behavioral and Social Research division at the National Institute on Aging. Elias was trained in and publishes/reviews in the areas of developmental psychobiology and lifespan development and cognitive aging. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Aging Research journal.

Erica Chédin, Ph.D.
Associate Director, 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.

Betty Guo, Ph.D. 
Associate Director for Individual Research Proposals and Training Grants
UC Davis School of Medicine
CTSC Building, Room 1419
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-703-9137
Fax: 916-703-9150
Email: bpguo@ucdavis.edu

 

Dr. Guo is an experienced editor having worked on editing grants, manuscripts, rebuttals, and science articles for a lay audience. Guo has expertise developing proposals for individual research grants, career development awards, and educational and training programs. She is well-versed in the grant submission and review processes for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), as well as the guidelines and policies of various other federal and private funding agencies. She serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She also teaches grant writing at UC Davis and has guided several junior investigators to winning their first independent research funding. Prior to joining UC Davis, she was a Research Scientist and lecturer at Umeå University in Sweden. Guo has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and postdoctoral training in microbiology at Harvard Medical School. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from receptor-ligand interactions, extracellular matrix, microbial pathogenesis, vaccine development, and drug repurposing.

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.