SF BUILD Pilot Project


  • The overall goal of the SF BUILD project is to transform education, research, training, and mentoring at San Francisco State University (SFSU) by creating an intellectually affirming environment where students, who are historically underrepresented in science, and their faculty mentors can thrive.  
  • One of the goals of SF BUILD is to enable and empower post-doctoral scholars to succeed as part of the NIH-funded workforce. Through the award of this pilot project, we hope to provide post-doctoral researchers with the resources for data gathering and analysis to produce preliminary data for successful NIH - Diversity Supplement grant applications. NIH research supplements to promote diversity in health-related research (PA-18-906) provide additional funding to trainees and early career investigators to work on an existing NIH-funded project. This research supplement is designed to support research experiences for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds as defined by NOT-OD-20-031.

Spring 2021 SF BUILD Pilot Project

  • Post-doctoral researchers whose research relates to basic biologic mechanisms and would like to transition to research in health inequities in communities in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply for this 2021 SF BUILD pilot project award. Subject matter can range from basic biologic mechanisms to community interventions and studies relevant to policy development as long as the ultimate application is to address these inequities. Proposals should involve SF State students and provide opportunities to "give back" to local communities through research. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequities that are relevant to students and their communities. Post-doctoral researchers are required to select a UCSF researcher mentor that has an NIH eligible grant for a diversity supplement. Furthermore, applicants are advised to meet with SF BUILD's technical writer (TBD) during the application process. 


  • We will be awarding pilot projects of up to $40,000 each for one successful applicant. Allowable costs include salary, student compensation, mentor honoraria, supplies, and travel. Funding is for a 6-month period [Approximately, May 3rd, 2021 through November 3rd, 2021]. 

Study Areas of Interest Examples

  • Descriptive studies of major health problems in San Francisco for which there are important disparities in risk factors, behaviors and outcomes. 
  • Mechanistic studies of biologic pathways that contribute to disparities (e.g., stress pathways, behavioral practices). 
  • Pilot intervention studies aimed at modifiable risk factors, health system practices or policies that sustain health inequities over time. 
  • Community engagement studies to advance health promotion and education activities addressing health inequalities. 


Consistent with the goals of SF BUILD, we will give priority to proposals that encourage student participation in ways that promote their scientific aspirations to give back to their community.


Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission due September 1st, 2020


For more information on the application process please click here.


Session 1: July 17th from 10am-11am
Session 2: July 17th from 3pm-4pm 

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Contact Yazmin Carrasco for additional questions - yazmin.carrasco@ucsf.edu


Last updated: 08/10/2020