Sabbatical Exchange Program
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center
Sabbatical Exchange Program
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Physical and Engineering Sciences strives to reward innovative research approaches that take advantage of and promote the convergence of the biomedical, physical and engineering fields encouraging scientists to move into new fields and cross into other areas of convergence in order to realize the full potential for achieving transformative scientific breakthroughs.
To advance this fertile research area, the Center facilitates innovation and faculty collaboration between UC Berkeley and UCSF through a prestigious sabbatical exchange program. The program currently provides support for one scientist, ideally from each of the two institutions, to take a sabbatical at the other institution each year. In this way the program ensures that faculty research agendas are enriched by a widened circle of immediate colleagues and collaborators promoting the integration of research communities across different disciplines. In 2017/18 up to $22,500 is available to each awardee. Overhead is not allowed to be deducted from the funds.
The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research.
Applications for the 2017/18 academic year are due on Friday, April 14, 2017.
A research proposal, budget, resume and any other relevant materials is required in a single document.
- Your title page should include collaborator names and affiliations as well as your abstract which clearly outlines the overarching goals of the research proposal (not exceeding 250 words). Your abstract should be accessible to a lay audience.
- The research project description should not exceed 4 pages, excluding references, CVs (2 pages max each, NSF style), budget, and budget justification.
- Budget items may include consumables, student fellowships, data analysis costs, and travel related specifically to the research program; workshop support is also possible.
- Endorsement by the Dean or Department Head or equivalent should be included in the submission.
Deadline: Applications for the 2017/18 academic year are due on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Please submit your application directly to the VCRO here. Applications must not be submitted through SPO.
Frequently Asked Questions
What research expenses are allowable in the Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program?
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Sabbatical Program for Biomedical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will support research expenses, including but not limited to costs related to performing experiments, analyzing research data, supporting colloquia at the host institution, and funding research travel. Faculty may also request funds for support of postdocs, graduate or undergraduate research assistants to help carry out the proposed research. Principal investigator salary, including summer salary is not an allowable expense.
In 2017/18 up to $22,500 is available to each awardee. Applications are due Friday, April 14, 2017.
Overhead is not allowed to be deducted from the funds.
How will the funds be managed?
Funds will be administered at UC Berkeley by either the awardee's research administrator or by the UC Berkeley host's administrator. All appointments e.g., visiting researcher or a multilocation appointment, will also be administerd at the department level. Funds will be available in July 2017.
What are the benefits for faculty participating in the Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program?
The selected faculty participant(s) will continue to receive salary from their home institution according to that institution’s sabbatical guidelines. The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research. The host institution will provide Visiting Faculty or Researcher status for the faculty accepted from the sending institution. The host institution will provide appropriate working space and access to library, computational, network, and related facilities.
How are the participants in the Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program selected?
A committee comprised of senior faculty members and campus leaders from UC Berkeley and UCSF will review applications.
The selection of faculty participant(s) will be made on the basis of merit and expected impact on interdisciplinary research in biomedical, physical and engineering science at both institutions. In making its selection the committee has the goal of alternating which institution is hosting the other’s researcher(s) each year.
What has been funded previously?
Who is eligible to apply?
All ladder-rank faculty at UC Berkeley and UCSF are eligible to apply. The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research.
Should the host be a ladder-ranked faculty?
The recipient of the award should be a ladder-ranked faculty member. The host is not required to be a ladder-ranked faculty member.
Can the proposal be based upon on-going research, or must this be a new project?
How do I apply?
To apply, please fill out the online Sackler Sabbatical Exchange Program Application available here.
When is the application deadline for the 2017/18 academic year?
Applications will be due on Friday April 14, 2017.
Who do I contact with questions?
Please contact Verna Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.