Open Proposals Process

Unlike the typical proposal preparation and submission process, Open Proposals applications are posted online and made available for review by a community of peers. Colleagues are invited to comment on proposals and make suggestions for improvement. Commenters are able to offer support and note useful resources, and might even join the proposal team. The funding entity may also provide early critical input to ensure proposals are responsive to the opportunity. Proposers are able to use this feedback to improve upon an application throughout the Open Proposals process. Eventually, revisions and comments are closed and the funding entity reviews final proposals and makes award decisions.

Opportunity Phases


During the first phase, proposers submit a proposal, or possibly seek collaborators to help develop an idea into a proposal. All proposals must be submitted by an established deadline.


The second phase is what makes UCSF Open Proposals different. Others are invited to review proposals, ask questions, offer support, and give suggestions to make good ideas even better. Proposers can use this feedback to improve original proposals prior to a final deadline.


Proposals are reviewed by the funding entity and award funding is announced.

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