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PREPARE Institute Developmental Grants up to $50,000 for one year may be awarded to unfunded early stage (pre-R01) investigators.

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Early stage investigators who have not yet received R01-level NIH funding and meet other eligibility criteria may apply for a maximum of $50,000 for these one-year awards.
  • Developmental Grants cannot fund travel to scientific meetings. The only exception is that unfunded early stage investigators may include travel to a scientific meeting to present the results of the Developmental Grant.
  • Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply, nor may these grants be used to support post-doctoral fellows.
  • If an awarded grant includes work with humans or animals, Institutional Animal Care Use Committee or Institutional Review Board approval must be submitted to the PREPARE Administrative Core before awarded funds may be spent. Regulatory approvals should be emailed to
  • Overspending on the award is not allowed and must be repaid.
  • Any monies remaining after the funding period will be returned to the PREPARE Administrative Core.
  • The PREPARE Administrative Core will establish a chart string or subaward for each grant awarded. However, awardees are responsible for working with their departmental fund manager to monitor and manage their funds and ensure that monies are not overspent. Any adjustments needed to balance the funds are the responsibility of the awardees.
  • Successful awardees must provide written progress reports for the PREPARE annual report.
  • As part of their grants, awardees must provide documentation of publications and peer-reviewed funding that result from their Developmental Grant. They are also required to cite PREPARE support in publications and presentations that are generated by or related to research performed using PREPARE Developmental Grant funds.

Direct and Indirect Costs

Your budget should list direct costs only. Do not include indirect costs. Please note because these are UC San Diego institutional funds, indirect costs and overhead are not permissible.


Developmental Grants awarded by PREPARE are funded for up to one calendar year from the award date. If you have questions, please contact us.

Fund Management and Other Responsibilities of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants have several responsibilities, including fund management. Please see our responsibilities page and contact us if you have any questions.