Guidelines and Instructions


Letters of Intent due February 25, 2013.

Funds are available ($64,000) to support instructional improvement projects focused on interprofessional education, to be initiated during the 2013-2014 academic year. This grant program is funded by UCSF Library and the Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education. We envision that "UCSF graduates will be able to work collaboratively and interprofessionally to advance patient care, public service, and research."

UCSF faculty, students, and staff are invited to apply by submitting a letter of intent due February 25, 2013. Through a competitive review process a smaller set of LOIs will be slected for further development. Investigators affiliated with the selected LOIs will then be invited to submit full-scale proposals, which will be due April 15, 2013. A description of the criteria that will be used to assess both the LOI and the full proposal submissions follows below.

General Overview

Proposals may support interprofessional education through a wide range of activities, while fitting the definition of interprofessional education: “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO 2010). Proposals will be expected to be developed by, or specify, collaborators in two or more schools. Supported activities include development of new educational programs, modification of existing instructional programs, introduction of experimental approaches to content or processes, faculty development, teaching evaluation, and student assessment activities. Small start-up and pilot projects will also be considered. There is no requirement that projects be technology-focused.

Grants will be awarded at a maximum of $16,000 per project. Projects may have a duration of12 to 24 months beginning in July 2013. Funds can be used to cover faculty release time as well as other project costs.

Educational priorities for 2013-2014 include:

  • Projects that combine overlapping courses in different schools, employing principles of interprofessional education.
  • Projects that extend current interprofessional educational activities currently implemented within UCSF, particularly projects that focus on outcomes-based assessment of those activities.
  • Interprofessional activites that utilize the simulation center, clinical skills lab, or specialized classrooms located in the new Teaching and Learning Center.
  • Partnerships between clinical and basic science programs focused on teaching translational research practices.

Read more about interprofessional education:

Proposal Review Criteria

Proposals are reviewed by representatives from the Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education and are judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Interprofessional focus - Involves collaboration between UCSF schools/programs and fits the definition of interprofessional education.
  2. Innovation - Goes beyond traditional teaching and learning processes to develop new programs or methodologies and improve teaching or learning.
  3. Implementation - Is demonstrably achievable with the allocated time and money.
  4. Evaluation - Includes effective program evaluation plan, including evaluation of project's success and dissemination of results.
  5. Budget - Costs are well justified.
  6. Sustainability - Is sustainable as ongoing program content after funding period ends and there is demonstrated support for the proposed new material to be integrated into core curricular activities. Pilot and start-up projects are not expected to emphasize sustainability but should address all other criteria.

Letters of Intent (due Monday, February 25, 2013)

Please submit a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages) that includes the following information:

  • Name, title, school or program of Principal Investigator 
  • Names, title, school or program of project collaborators. If still identifying collaborators, please indicate needs/intentions.
  • Description of Project

      - Title or one line description of project
      - Level and professions of participants/learners
      - Project aims
      - How will project advance interprofessional education or collaboration (i.e. address priorities in call for proposal)
      - Plans for project evaluation and/or participant assessment
      - Preliminary budget

Submit the LOI as an attachment (pdf preferred) via email to: by 5pm on Monday February 25, 2013.


For questions about the proposal process, contact Gail Persily, Director of Learning Technologies and Education Services. Email:

Use of Funds

  • Funds may be used to support faculty and/or staff salaries. Note that benefits will also need to be covered by the funds. Faculty release time must be approved by department chairs at time of application.
  • Purchase of equipment is allowed if the budget justification demonstrates that it is an integral part of the project and not available from other sources.

Timeline and Process

  • February 25, 2013: Letters of Intent due; see instructions above.
  • March 11, 2013: Review committee will invite investigators of selected projects to submit full proposals. 
  • April 15, 2013: Full proposals due.
  • May 15, 2013: Decisions will be announced. 
  • August 1, 2013: Funds distributed.

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