Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Rose Hills Innovator Program?

The Rose Hills Innovator Program supports distinguished early-career faculty at UC Berkeley interested in developing highly innovative research programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program intends to strengthen the efforts of UC Berkeley’s world-class faculty by providing seed support for projects with exceptionally high scientific promise that may generate significant follow-on funding.

How can funds be spent?

The funding may be used to support faculty summer salary for up to one month; researchers, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and/or undergraduate students; to cover publication expenses and/or patent application fees, research materials, small equipment, supplies, and/or travel expenses.

A detailed budget is not required as part of the 5 page proposal, however an outline describing how the funding will be spent to enhance the project is required. Overhead is not allowed to be deducted from the funds.

Do applications need to be submitted to SPO for review?

No. Applications must be submitted directly to the VCRO via this webform.

What are the expectations of the Rose Hills Innovators?

Rose Hills Innovators will be required to provide regular updates on their research progress and milestones achieved. The progress of each project will be reviewed by the Program’s Academic Advisory. Some reporting may be required beyond the project end date to market the success of the program. During the project time period, Innovators may change the direction of their research as necessitated by scientific discovery, access to funding, etc. Only major changes in direction should be coordinated in advance with the Rose Hills Innovators Academic Advisory Committee.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications to the program are restricted to full-time UC Berkeley faculty at the Assistant and Associate ranks of any professorial series (including adjunct, in-residence, health sciences, clinical, and professor of clinical optometry) who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Bio-medical research is eligible for support. 

Applicants must be full-time faculty at the university at the start of, and during the entire award period. If an applicant is an Associate Professor, then they should be at the Associate level for at least the first year of funding starting July 1. 

Are multi-PI proposals permitted? If so, do all PIs need to meet the eligibility requirements?

The award may go to a single faculty PI or a faculty team. For team awards, all co-PIs must meet all the necessary criteria. The PI/co-PIs may collaborate with other researchers/faculty and it is not necessary for collaborators to meet the eligibility requirements. Collaborations may extend beyond UC Berkeley. The Innovator/s (PI or co-PIs for a team award) will be selected for their excellence and high potential for making a lasting impact.

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the 2023 Rose Hills Innovator Program were due on February 14, 2023 at 5pm. 

How are the Rose Hills Innovators selected?

The Innovators will be selected for their excellence and high potential for making a lasting impact. More specific selection criteria include the following:

  • The research must be novel and capable of yielding significant advances within a reasonable time frame.
  • Applicants should provide specific milestones that will allow the Advisory Committee to assess at the end of each year whether the program support has achieved its goals.
  • Proposals should demonstrate the benefit that the research will gain from support through the Rose Hills Innovator Program. Additional existing and pending sources of funding, matching grants and gifts-in-kind should be included.


The selection process involves an Academic Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from across the STEM disciplines. 

When does support start?

Successful applicants to the Rose Hills Innovator Program will receive their awards in July 2023. 

Which campus unit administers the Rose Hills Innovator Program?

The Rose Hills Innovator Program is managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Is the current and pending funding narrative supposed to be included in the 5-page research description?

Yes, if however this takes up more than a short paragraph, then it's OK to exceed the 5 page limit. Please note that we are looking for a short narrative rather than the C&P form submitted to say NSF.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

Please write to with any additional questions you might have.