November 2022
UC-UAW Negotiations and Strike Update
The University of California is currently in contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers. On behalf of the entire UC system, the Office of the President is negotiating in good faith, and we remain hopeful that a fair and equitable agreement will be reached soon. Learn more about the negotiations or review the strike impacts at UCSF.
Solving Structural Racism Requires Engagement from Everyone
"The system has to change for under-represented groups to be successful, and that requires an increase in opportunities. Oppressive structures maintain oppression by making people perceive a zero-sum game — if someone wins, someone else has to lose." Read about Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism Tung Nguyen's work in his own words in this Nature article.
Call for Applications: Research IDEA Oversight Committee
The UCSF Office of Research is strongly committed to supporting concrete initiatives aimed at implementing transformational changes in inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism in research. In September 2022, the UCSF Office of Research released the Task Force on Equity and Anti-Racism in Research Report and appointed an associate vice chancellor for Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (AVCR-IDEA).

As part of the task force recommendations, the AVCR-IDEA is creating a Research IDEA Oversight Committee to engage research faculty, staff, and trainees from all four schools and the Graduate Division, including laboratory science, and community leaders.  
The goals of the Research IDEA Oversight Committee are: 
  • To work with the AVCR-IDEA on the implementation of the Task Force recommendations and development of new recommendations and activities as appropriate
  • To align the Office of Research activities with other UCSF work for health equity and racial justice
  • To champion the work of the Committee in relevant spaces
Reminder: Only Two More Months Until New NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan Requirements Take Effect
UCSF’s NIH DMS Policy webpage has information, guidance, resources, and a budgeting resource coming soon to help researchers prepare for the January 25, 2023 effective date for when NIH grant and contract applications will be required to include a data management and sharing plan outlining how scientific data will be managed and shared.
UCSF NIH Diversity Supplement Matchmaking Event
The third annual UCSF NIH Diversity Supplement Matchmaking event will take place on February 1 and by Zoom, which allows invitations to be extended to trainees from around the country. The event will provide you with an opportunity to have short, 15-minute interviews with trainees at the post-baccalaureate stage who are interested in pursuing a career in research and qualify for funding through the NIH Diversity Supplement mechanism. This NIH grant mechanism typically provides salary support for the trainee to work in your lab as a junior specialist for one to two years. You must have an eligible NIH grant to apply for the funds and the applications are submitted directly to the NIH through the institute that is funding your grant.

If you make a match with a trainee, there are several resources to help you write for the supplement, including a collection of successful Diversity Supplement applications from UCSF PIs and additional resources. In addition, trainees who come to UCSF through this mechanism will have the opportunity to participate in PROPEL, a UCSF post-baccalaureate program that provides historically underrepresented trainees with research experience, scientific and career training to become competitive and successful applicants to top-tier research based PhD programs.

If you are interested in attending the matchmaking event, please register by January 6. This event is very popular and can fill up, so register early to ensure you get a spot! If you have any questions about the matchmaking event and applying for Diversity Supplements, see here and here for FAQs.
Introducing the UCSF Center for Real World Evidence
The Center for Real World Evidence (CRWE) was launched out of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) with the goals of establishing external partnerships and fostering new methods surrounding the generation of real-world evidence using electronic health records data (watch video). The CRWE draws upon the computational and clinical talent at the BCHSI and has ongoing collaborations with the FDA as well as several biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Do you have an industry partner or a research collaboration that may benefit from the CRWE’s expertise? Visit or email us at [email protected].
Profiles Hotlist
November 29, 1 p.m. | HSW 301 and Zoom

December 5, 5-7 p.m. | Genentech Hall, Mission Bay
Please RSVP to Lael DasGupta for this event.

Register now! UCSF is a co-sponsor of the Precision Medicine World Conference, which will be held January 25-27 in Santa Clara and feature 28 UCSF experts and two honorees.

February 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | virtual
Funding Updates
Basic researchers and physician scientists who catalyze research in basic and biomedical sciences, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology are eligible to apply directly to the HHMI for a new competition. HHMI seeks a broad applicant pool and will appoint approximately 25 scientists who will push the bounds of biomedical research and train and mentor the next generation of scientists. Deadline: March 21.
NIH Updates

Policy and Guidance
Trainings and Tools
This summer the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued new guidance stating that by 2026, research funded by all federal agencies should be made freely and immediately available to the public, with no embargo. Learn how this guidance impacts UCSF researchers.

While the IRB’s reporting requirements for adverse events, protocol violations, incidents, and other safety information have not changed, the Post Approval Reporting Requirements Summary sheet has been updated to include several clarifications.

The IRB’s Initial Submission Checklist has been updated to include additional items for researchers to consider when submitting a new study to the IRB, along with links to relevant guidance.
Infrastructure and Operations
Hazardous materials storage limits (MAQs) to ensure the safety of building occupants, first responders, and the environment. MAQs at UCSF are assigned on a PI-by-PI basis in accordance with Chancellor’s Administrative Policy 550-24. For additional information, please see the EHS MAQ webpage.

UCSF EH&S is issuing this safety update to ensure UCSF is aware that there is no end date for the requirement to sample and test building materials for asbestos prior to any renovation or demolition. Prior to hanging pictures or moving ceiling tiles, please send an email to [email protected].
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