What is RAPtr?

Welcome! The UCSF RAPtr (Resource Allocation Program for Trainees) program provides funding, resources, and information for all UCSF students and trainees to support their projects and research. Find a mentor, compare funding opportunities, and review specific program details and requirements. RAPtr also provides funding for trainees who desire specific areas of training through the Pathways to Discovery.

Pathways to Discovery is made up of 5 areas of scholarly concentration: Clinical Translational Research, Global Health, Health and Society, Health Professions Education, and Molecular Medicine. This elective program provides coursework, career training and mentorship for students, residents, and fellows in innovation, leadership and research. Learners in the program can choose to pursue research or academic activities for a summer or an entire year. 

To contact RAPtr

Email RAPtr (link sends e-mail)
or call 415-476-2347

Funding Options

  1. Short-term Opportunities – UCSF Application: Internal UCSF grants for activities lasting one quarter or less. Research and scholarly projects (including dissemination of findings), or public health and international clinical electives.
  2. Short-term Opportunities – External Application: External grants for research or scholarly projects that run for one quarter or less. Research and scholarly projects, or public health and international clinical electives.
  3. Yearlong Opportunities – UCSF Application: For those looking to receive funding for a year of research. These opportunities are all applied through via the RAPtr application and are intramurally funded. Students from any UCSF professional school may apply, though not all funding sources may be open to you. Research and health policy projects, including international work.
  4. Yearlong Opportunities – External Application: For those looking to receive funding for a year of research. These opportunities are extramurally funded and all have separate applications. You will not be required to submit a RAPtr application for these opportunities. Research and health policy projects, including international work, capacity building, and participation in a master’s degree program.
  5. International Opportunities – Both UCSF and External Application: For those looking to conduct research abroad, or who wish to receive funding for an international rotation. Opportunities vary and may be intramural or extramural. Many types of international research, scholarly projects, and clinical electives.