UCB-UCSF Sackler Faculty Collaboration 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 UC San Francisco through a prestigious collaboration program. The program currently provides support for one scientist, ideally alternating from each of the two institutions, to collaborate with colleagues 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 2021-22 we expect to make one award of up to $45,000.

Applications are submitted directly to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research via this webform.

Frequently Asked Questions

What research expenses are allowable?

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Collaboration 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 workshops, colloquia, 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.


How will the funds be managed?

For Berkeley recipients the award will be administered by the recipient's research administrator; for UCSF recipients, the award, and any necessary multi-location appointments, will be administered by the Berkeley collaborator's home department. Funds will be available in July 2020.  


What are the benefits for faculty participating in the Program?

The program does not require faculty to be on 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 the library, computational, network, and related facilities. 


How are the participants selected?

A committee comprised of senior faculty members and campus leaders from UC Berkeley and UCSF will review applications.  Applications must be accessible to a general science community.

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.

We are committed to creating an environment that fosters sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. Panel members are asked to take diversity, equity, and inclusion (i.e., gender, minority status, research expertise) into consideration throughout the selection process.


Who is eligible to apply?

Applications to the program are restricted to full-time UC Berkeley and UCSF faculty at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor ranks of any professorial series (including, but not limited to adjunct, in-residence, health sciences, clinical, and professor of clinical optometry).  The host should meet these same criteria. 

Employees in the professional research series are not eligible to apply.


Can the proposal be based upon on-going research, or must this be a new project?

The project can be based upon on-going research. It does not need to be a new project. Please be sure that the proposal falls within the scope and intention of the solicitation.


How do I apply?

Please submit your application directly to the UC Berkeley Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research via this webform.


When is the application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year?

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday evening, June 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 


Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact ltdsubs@berkeley.edu with any questions you may have.