Revised November 7, 2017

How can I tell if my project is too early to apply for a C-DOCTOR award?

If you have a product that addresses the following four criteria, you should consider applying:

  • Your product has a clear clinical indication with a significant unmet need
  • You have in vivo evidence of efficacy for a craniofacial indication.
  • You have a patent or have a potential for patent filing
  • You have a clear pre-clinical development strategy

The four points listed here are critical, but if you still have questions please feel free to reach out to us.

Can the proposed project be testing an already existing drug, device, or therapeutic applied to a new application?


Is activating a clinical trial a requirement?

Not during this phase. This phase of research should be pre-IND.

Is the amount requested (up to $150,000) the total amount (including indirects) or is it just the total direct costs?

Due to the organization of the consortium and the indirect costs associated with subcontracts, the total amount that you can request will be decided on an individual basis. Please contact Dezba Coughlin ( for details.

Does the budget allow for salary support?

No faculty or graduate student salary support is permitted. Support for a postdoctoral fellow or laboratory technician may be included but must be justified.

Do you have to affiliate with one of the consortium campuses, and how does this impact funding?

If you are from a company or not a PI from one of the main consortium campuses (UCSF, USC, UCLA, UCB, UCD, UCSD, City of Hope, and Stanford), but you have been recruited by one of these universities, please select that university as your affiliation during the submission process. If you were not recruited by a particular university, please select “Other”. The affiliation should not affect your ability to be funded since funding decisions are based on project merit.

Is filing intellectual property protection a requirement?

No, but strong IP may enhance potential for future partnering and fundraising for commercialization. During ITP selection, C-DOCTOR will work with ITPs to clarify pre-existing IP and third party obligations. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposed technologies with their technology transfer offices or their patent attorneys.

Can I use the C-DOCTOR award funds for international research or travel?

We may consider travel that is associated with communication with C-DOCTOR and its cores.

Are postdocs eligible to submit projects?

No. Only individuals with institutional PI status may apply.

Who do I contact if I have problems with the online pre-proposal submission tool?

Please e-mail Bridget Samuels ( Please give her 24 hours to respond.

Can I submit more than one application?

Yes. There is no limit on the number of pre-proposals that you can submit.

Does the pre-proposal require an institutional signature?