Funding Opportunities


CCMBM Core Service Voucher Program


2018 Cycle Key Dates
Application deadline - November 30, 2018, 5:00pm (PDT) via online form.
·  Award Notifications - Early January 2019

·  Projects must be completed by June 15, 2019. NCE will not be allowed.


The UCSF CCMBM is currently accepting applications for its Core Service Voucher Program, which is designated to enhance utilization of the CCMBM Cores, especially among Early Stage Investigators and/or New Users. 

CCMBM Service Vouchers can be used for direct application of the CCMBM Core that best suits your research needs for up to $5,000, funding the following:

Pilot work to generate preliminary data
Development of a new test or service
Chemicals and supplies to support a designated project
Fee-for-service work
Novel, currently unfunded use of a core for an ongoing project


Vouchers cannot be used for:

·  Facilities and administrative costs (including effort)

·  Travel, food, entertainment


Applicant Eligibility

Early stage investigators with an academic title at UCSF are encouraged to apply (assistant professors (who have not yet received an R01-equivalent award in musculoskeletal research), postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students).


Please note: eligibility criteria need to be met as of date of submission.



1. Write a one-page proposal that defines the project’s rationale, scope, Core services requested, and projected outcome, including a timeline that shows when the CCMBM Core services should be conducted.

2. Discuss feasibility with CCMBM Core Director or designee. Core Director approval is required on application.

3. Itemized budget (downloading link) and budget justification.



1. Applications are due November 30, 2018, 5:00pm (PST) via online form.

2. Postdocs and graduate students must also include a letter from their PI to indicate support. This should be combined into one pdf along with the 1-page proposal. 

3. Proposals will undergo thorough but rapid review. The Core Director listed in the application will be consulted for feasibility of completion within the timeframe. The CCMBM Grants Committee will make the final funding decisions by the end of December 2018.


Additional Requirements

·  Award recipients and proposal title may be posted on the CCMBM website.

·  Applications will be considered only for work that is not included in the Investigator's (or collaborators') current internal or external funding sources.

·  Given the limited number of awards available, priority will be given to innovative research proposals supported by excellent rationale and with potential for high impact.

·  Projects must be completed within 6 months of award date.

·  The portion of the voucher funds intended for the CCMBM Cores, will go directly to the Cores.

·  Award recipients must provide final summary of results.

·  CCMBM funding must be acknowledged in any reports, abstracts, publications, or presentations supported by the Voucher Program. For example: This research was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases UCSF Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (AR066262).



The CCMBM houses three Cores that provide specialized services and research support to advance research in musculoskeletal biology and diseases:


Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Study Design (EBSD) Core – to facilitate research productivity and stimulate innovative collaborations by leveraging vast existing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis study databases that have been collected in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics over the past 25 years.

Directors: Dennis Black, PhD; Michael Nevitt, PhD, MPH; Anne Schafer, MD

Example: access to epidemiology databases and biostatistics advice


Imaging Core – provide customized image acquisition, reconstruction, and quantitative analysis in the context of musculoskeletal research.

Directors: Galateia Kazakia, PhD and Roland Krug, PhD

Example: MRI, PET, FTIR


Skeletal Biology & Biomechanics (SBB) Core – provide facilitate the understanding of basic skeletal biology, the discovery of disease mechanisms, and the development of novel diagnostics and therapies for musculoskeletal disease by providing resources and expertise in different areas of skeletal biology.

Directors: Tamara Alliston, PhD and Wenhan Chang, PhD


Biomechanics Sub-Core

Example: three-point bending


Cell Culture Sub-Core

Example: cell line repository, primary culture of skeletal cells, enzymatic assays, cytochemical staining. Cell sorting


Imaging and Histology Sub-Core

Example: Microcomputed X-Ray Tomography (MicroCT), Histology, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Animal injury models


Molecular Biology Sub-Core

Example: Gene Expression Profiling, Immunhistochemistry, In Situ Hybridization


Past Opportunities