Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation

About the award


Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD

The Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation funds truly innovative projects that have the potential to move forward the mission of the UCSF School of Pharmacy in new ways. Applicants are encouraged to bring forward their boldest, riskiest, and most blue-sky ideas—those for which there is no ready or traditional source of funding. Projects may be large or small in scope.

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble’s tenure as UCSF School of Pharmacy dean from 1998 to 2012 represented a leadership style of relentless support for new directions in science, education, and patient care. The Seed Award for Innovation honors Koda-Kimble’s legacy. About the award, she says:

No single discovery or solitary action will determine our success. My role as dean is to plant seeds that have the potential to take root and flourish. These could be novel research ideas, new methods of teaching or presenting our curricula, totally new approaches to delivering pharmaceutical care to patients and populations—even new ways of working with new partners. Innovation is key to our success; it must be constantly encouraged and nourished.

Award amount

A total of $50,000 has been set aside for single or multiple awards during this specific award cycle, however this is subject to change based on availability of funds. Applicants are expected to find supplemental funds to complete their projects if proposal budgets exceed the award amount.

Awardees must spend the entire award amount within 12 months of the initial award date. Remaining funds not spent within the award cycle will not be carried over to the following cycle year.

The Seed Awards are not intended to fund the continuation of current research.

Budget restrictions

Award funding may be used for

  • Supplies/project expenses (does not include computer workstations/laptops).
  • Animal care or core facility services.
  • Salaries/benefits for outside consultants.
  • Research participant accrual or maintenance not to exceed the amount of $75 per participant per annual basis. (See university policies.)

Award funding may not be used for

  • Travel.
  • Budget overdrafts.
  • Computers/laptops.
  • Faculty salaries.
  • Administrative costs (such as school and department surcharges).
  • Compensation or gifts for participants in excess of $75 per person per annual basis. (See university policies.)

University policies

Award expenses will be based solely on the details provided on the initial application. Any additional items or services outside of the approved list must be submitted for approval prior to purchase or securing services.

Selection process and criteria

  • Complete applications must be electronically submitted by the deadline.
  • A review panel coordinated by the dean will evaluate all applications.
  • The name of the award must be acknowledged in all publications: Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation.
  • Award recipients will submit a brief progress/status report within one year of the release of funding.

All recipients must continue to stay employed or remain with the respective SOP related position that meets the eligibility requirement during the time of receiving the award. Termination of employment or position with the SOP, any related graduate program or residency will result in termination/forfeiture of the award.

Projects submitted for a Seed Award will be judged on

  • Originality and novelty of the proposal.
  • Likelihood the project will result in clear, measurable outcomes.
  • Likely impact the seed funding will have upon the project.
  • Likelihood the Seed Award will lead to other sources of funding (if appropriate).

Call for applications

For funding available for use May 2024 to June 2025

Opens September 20, 2023

Was: Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11:30 p.m. Pacific

Extended to: Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11:30 p.m. Pacific

Decisions announced by April 18, 2024 (tentative)

Application information


  • UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members.
  • School of Pharmacy staff members.
  • PharmD students, PhD students in the graduate programs administered by the School under the QBC umbrella (PSPG, BIOE, BP, CCB, BI).
  • PharmD residents; post docs and fellows working under School of Pharmacy faculty members.
  • UCSF faculty members outside the School who teach our PharmD students.

PIs are encouraged to submit applications that include interprofessional or interdisciplinary partnerships or teams.

Application criteria and bases for evaluation

The criteria for this award are purposefully open to allow for blue-sky submissions. However, all projects must further the mission of the School of Pharmacy in new ways.

Projects could be related to:

  • Education.
  • Technology.
  • Community service.
  • Any other area that has the potential to benefit the School, its community, or the future of health care.

Previous recipients of the Seed Award may re-apply with new projects.

Application submission requirements

  1. Applicants will complete all information on the required award application submission form.
  2. Applicants will adhere to the word limits indicated within the application form.
  3. Only applications that include all submission elements will be considered.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application (Microsoft Word):
    File Application
  2. Submit it.


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Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation