California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine

The University of California will host California’s Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine – a collaboration of public and private academic and industry partners that will help to build the infrastructure and assemble the resources necessary to advance precision medicine-oriented data, tools and applications.

Precision medicine – as envisioned in the 2011 National Academy of Sciences’ report,  “Precision Medicine: Building a Knowledge Network for Biomedical Research and a New Taxonomy of Disease” — aims to use advanced computing tools to integrate and analyze the vast amount of basic science data, together with molecular, clinical, environmental and epidemiological data on patients worldwide, so-called “big data.” The objective is to better understand diseases, with the goal of developing mechanistic insights into both rare and common illnesses, new diagnostics and therapeutics, and prevention measures.

$2.4 million is provided by the state for two demonstration projects that leverage the UC’s expansive and diverse patient data and research expertise, along with expertise and resources from public and private partners across the state (see Section IV Selection:  Criteria in the attached PDF). The demonstration projects will be focused on different disease areas and funding will be allocated based on project needs.  Please see the attached PDF for more information on Precision Medicine and for details about this UC-lead competition.

Each UC campus may submit up to two proposals as host, therefore interested applicants are asked to submit an application to my office by May 8, 2015 (via electronic submission to  The application should be 2-pages in length, consistent with the requirements found in Section III. Proposal Process of the attached PDF.  No other materials are required for this internal call.

An ad hoc committee will be convened to review submitted applications.  The selected PIs will be notified in time to make minor modifications to their proposal and meet the UC deadline of May 22, 2015 for full  submission.

Please refer to the attached guidelines for more information about this call.   Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research

pdf-iconRFP-CIAPM Demo Projects 150423 (4)


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