|There is no deadline. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately and ending when all available funds have been committed.
Applications must be submitted through SmartSimple (https://ucop.smartsimple.com/).
The Applicant must be the Principal Investigator (Applicant) of the proposal and must access SmartSimple to initiate the application process.
All Users Accessing SmartSimple for the First Time
When accessing SmartSimple for the first time, all users should click the “Register Here” button under “Principal Investigator Registration” and follow the instructions to enter your institution,name, and contact information.
If you cannot find your institution, click “Search the IRS database” link. If your institution is listed in the IRS database, click the “Select” button (right arrow) to add it to the system and continue to #4. If it is not listed, please contact us to have your institution added to the system. If you need to change the institution that your account is associated with, please contact us. Your user account will be created. You will receive an email with instructions to create a password and complete your account profile.
If you see a pop-up message indicating that an account with your email address already exists,return to the main login page (https://ucop.smartsimple.com), and click the “Forgot Password” link. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password. If you do not receive the password reset email within one hour, please contact us.
Applicants who have previously registered with SmartSimple should enter their username and password under “Login” and click the “Login” button on the SmartSimple homepage.
Online Proposal Submission
Electronic Submission to Signing Official. Once the application is completed and any documents are completed and uploaded, the proposal will be routed to your institution’s signing official.
Initiating Your Application in SmartSimple
Once logged into the system, click on “Available Funding Opportunities” (upper right). Find the row for Emergency COVID Research Seed Funding, then click “Apply.” You will then be taken to the Eligibility Check. Once you complete the Eligibility Check, you will be able to start the application process.
Please also consult with your local institutional review board (IRB), institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), or other research regulatory body if you are proposing work that will require their review to ensure an expedited review.
RGPO maintains confidentiality for all submitted applications with respect to the identity of applicants and applicant organizations, all contents of every application, and the outcome of reviews. For those applications that are funded, RGPO makes public project titles, principal investigator(s) names, organizations, and award amounts. If the Program receives a request for additional information on a funded grant, the principal investigator and institution will be notified prior to the Program’s response to the request. Any sensitive or proprietary intellectual property in a grant will be edited and approved by the PI(s) and institution prior to release of the requested information.
No information will be released without prior approval from the PI for any application that is not funded.