The Research Operations unit under the School of Medicine Office of Research facilitates research administration activities by providing various services including those listed below.

For inquiries, please submit a services request.

The Research Operations unit is responsible for the management of the Sponsored Programs for the School of Medicine. It reviews and processes all School of Medicine proposals including research grants and health science contract proposals.

All School of Medicine proposals are electronically routed and processed through Cayuse SP from School of Medicine departments and units to UC Davis Sponsored Programs.

To submit a proposal for a Sponsored Programs:

  • Please review the guidelines (PDF) and workflow (PDF) prior to submitting your proposal for School of Medicine’s approval.
  • Use Mozilla Firefox to submit your proposal.
  • Make sure to list School of Medicine as the last unit in the approval chain when submitting your proposal.
  • Once all the applicable Department Chairs/Directors have approved the proposal in Cayuse SP, the system will automatically send an email notification to School of Medicine indicating there is a pending approval.
  • School of Medicine requires at least 1 business day after the Cayuse email notification for review before it is approved.
  • Please check the FAQs for answers on common questions. If you have any inquiry, submit a service request or contact or 916-703-9141 for School of Medicine procedure clarification or concerns.

Note: For clinical trials that go to Health Systems Contracts, please follow the updated Clinical Trials (CT) Workflow (PDF).

When submitting to the UC Davis Health Clinical Trials Contracts office, it is important to know that:

  • All Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA’s) should continue to be submitted directly to the Clinical Trials Contracts Office analyst (Lorie Dilts: via email with an editable agreement and e-mail chain that identifies the external contact for negotiation.
  • Review the Handbook for Department Industry-Funded Clinical Trial Staff, Principal Investigators and Approvers for step-by-step instructions (PDF) on how to submit through Cayuse SP.
  • You will still need to secure a signature from your Department Chair on the Unified Budget Template (UBT). After the UBT has been signed by the Department Chair, you will submit the UBT to the Clinical Trials Contracts budget analyst (Julie Calahan;, who will review and upload into Cayuse SP.
  • Review the clinical trials business process workflow (PDF) to determine the responsibilities of the department. This workflow is also included in the Handbook.
  • All conflict of interest (COI) disclosures on the 700U and Form 800 will be required to be submitted through the eCOI online disclosure system beginning July 1st. Please contact the Research Compliance and Integrity team directly with any questions on this process.

Overview and useful information for proposal and awards management:

Contact or 916-703-9141 with questions for School of Medicine procedure clarification or any other questions.

Contact the Cayuse Rapid Response Team ( with any questions for Cayuse SP and/or 424 assistance and cc:

Research data analysis/preparation of analytical reports for various data including, but not limited to

  • Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a nonprofit organization that uses the NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool for its annual reports and rankings. This data analysis includes all School of Medicine departments and rankings from the last ten years.
  • UC Davis Office of Research grant data analysis from quarterly data of all School of Medicine grants and health science contracts. It includes extramural funding by administrative and home departments for federal vs. non-federal funding, types of NIH funding by institution, etc.
  • Publication data analysis utilizing SciVal and Web of Science Insights as another metric of overall assessment of School of Medicine, in addition to grant analytics.

This program provides one-time funding to PIs who have lost or will lose their primary extramural funding. Funds ensure continuation of a research project for an interim period until extramural support can be reestablished. The PI Bridge Program is administered by the UC Davis Office of Research, but bridge applications are processed and awarded by each school and college.

Please submit all completed documentation to Anuurad Erdembileg at and fill out a submit request form. The bridge funding approval process takes at least one month. Forms submitted directly to the UC Davis Office of Research will be delayed.

School of Medicine Bridge Funding Request Guidelines (PDF)

A seed grant is generally funded through internal sources to help develop a project up to the point where external funding can be obtained. Seed grants allow faculty to develop programs resulting in new partnerships and serve as a platform to build a larger externally funded program in engagement and outreach activities. Seed grants are an investment in a promising research project; investigators receiving this funding pledge to be dedicated to produce groundbreaking approaches and research, create meaningful educational opportunities, and integrate concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UC Davis Seed/Pilot Grant Opportunities

Global Affairs announces a call for proposals for its Seed Grant Programs to faculty to take on innovative research, service, and engagement projects. Principal investigators (PI) can submit the completed forms and the required documentation for Global Affairs Seed Grants to Anuurad Erdembileg at

Global Affairs Seed Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Limited submissions (coordinated collaboratively with UC Davis Office of Research) is a funding program in which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of applications or proposals the campus can submit or specific restrictions on applications that can be submitted by an institution to a specific request for applications (RFA). Examples of Limited Submissions include:

For more information please contact or submit a service request.

Award nominations – assist in nominating School of Medicine faculty for UC Davis, national, international and private foundation sponsored awards in collaboration with UC Davis Academic Affairs. A few examples of awards are listed below.

Administrative Coordinating Council of Deans (ACCD) provides institutional matches in support of major extramural grants that involve faculty from three or more schools/colleges/divisions (or faculty from Office of Research and two colleges/ schools/ divisions).

Researchers should consult and review the preferred templates with the School of Medicine, Office of Research prior to presenting to ACCD by emailing The ACCD match funding requests should be submitted at least 5 weeks prior to sponsor’s deadlines. Forms submitted directly to the UC Davis Office of Research will be delayed.

    All match requests are reviewed initially for:

      • Academic merit
      • Scope of impact
    • Minimum of 3 units: Office of Research + 2 colleges/divisions/schools or 3 colleges/divisions/schools
    • Breadth of faculty involved in the grant proposal and whether a match is required (formally or implicitly) by the funding agency or simply desired
    • Financial/budget templates and presentation on match request type for ACCD requests. It can be found at

    If a request does not pass initial review, it may be negotiated outside of ACCD by email led by the UC Davis Office of Research. The Associate Dean from the School of Medicine may refer PI to the School of Medicine Grants Facilitation Unit or to the Interdisciplinary Research Support (IRS) team in the Office of Research for guidance.

    All forms that require the dean’s signature must be routed to the School of Medicine Office of Research at with the subject line "Dean’s Signature Request".

    SOP Deans' Signature Requirements (PDF)

    Prospective applicants should reach out to School of Medicine Assistant Dean for Research, Anuurad Erdembileg ( regarding matching support funds and complete request form.

    School of Medicine Matching Support for Program Project and Center Grants Request Form (PDF)

    School of Medicine Office of Research Support For Symposiums and Conferences Request Form (PDF)

    Most facilities (core and shared resource facilities) develop from a bottom up approach to meet the needs of an individual or a small group of investigators. Expanding access to the facility services by others in the research community results in service expectations of the user community that are best met by development of formal access and use policies as well as a formal method of sharing ongoing expenses across all users. This transition from a small, dedicated user base to a professional core that serves many needs to include development of a management plan to guide the transition and to ensure long-term sustainability along with approved new recharge rates or changes to existing approved rates per UC Davis Budget and Institutional Analysis (BIA) policies/guidelines.

    All School of Medicine departments or units that plan to develop a new facility that will recharge for services should contact Christine Bates ( with a completed School of Medicine Business Plan Template (DOC) and Rate Calculation Worksheet 6.3 (XLSX). Regardless of recharge rate approval authority, all files are internally reviewed by School of Medicine Office of Research prior to submission of finalized files to BIA.

    Key points regarding recharge activities:

    • Recharge activities must operate on a break-even basis.
    • Recharge facilities that are expected to generate less than $50,000 recharge revenue per year are approved by the Dean/Vice Provost/Vice Chancellor. Please submit a copy of the recharge calculation worksheet and any questions regarding BIA's recharge rate packet to
    • School of Medicine department must submit updated forms eleven months after recharge rate approval to Carmen Ho ( for review and approval for the following year along with an updated MOU with the respective department to ensure the facility is breaking even and no significant changes have occurred.
    • Once every three years, the Recharge Group must review activities that (1) involve mandated goods or services that generate more than $50,000 in recharge revenue, or (2) generate more than $200,000 in annual federal recharge revenue. Normally, the latter is referred to the Federal Recharge Group for review.
    • Recharge facilities that are expected to generate less than $50,000 recharge revenue per year then the office of the Dean/Vice Provost/Vice Chancellor must submit the proposal to BIA for approval.

    Overview and useful information from UC Davis BIA for recharge rate development:

    Recharge Operations - Rate Proposals and Modifications

    Policies and Procedures Chapter 340, section 25

    Rate Calculation Worksheet 6.3 (XLSX)