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RFA 09-04: CIRM Research Leadership Awards

The CIRM Research Leadership Awards will support robust and innovative stem cell research programs of the most promising researchers newly recruited to California. These awards will enable universities and research institutions to attract the very best stem cell scientists, with a focus on those who are early-to-mid career but have already established themselves as independent investigators and emerging national or international leaders in the stem cell field. They also will permit the recipients to pursue high-risk, high payoff, innovative studies that could not be adequately supported by other sources. The awardees will bolster California’s efforts in stem cell research and further CIRM’s mission to advance novel treatments and cures into medical practice.

Please see the RFA for full details.

RFA 09-04: CIRM Research Leadership Awards  [pdf] (Revised 9/12/2013)

Application Instructions and Forms

The Application consists of five parts: Part A: Application Information Form, Part B: Research Accomplishments and Plans, Part C: CV and Publication List for PI, Part D: Institutional Letter of Nomination and Commitment, and Part E, External Letters of Reference. All five parts of the Application for CIRM Research Leadership Awards must be submitted together and received by CIRM no later than 5:00 pm on a deadline date (see below), in electronic form in order to be considered in that review cycle. In addition, a signed copy of the application signature page (from Part A) must be submitted as a hard copy (via mail, express mail or courier service), as a fax copy (415-396-9142) or as a scanned PDF file sent electronically. Applications received beyond the deadline will be considered in the following review cycle.

Send electronic copies of all parts of the application as attachments in a single email to In addition to the electronic submission, the applicant institution must submit a signed copy of the application signature page (from Part A) as a scanned PDF file to the above email address, as a faxed copy to 415-396-9142, or as a hard copy to:

Research Leadership Awards Application
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
210 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

You will need a fully functional copy of Adobe Acrobat version 8 or 9 (Standard or Professional) to complete, print, and save Part A of the Application. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat version 8.1 (or the latest version). Using Adobe Acrobat Reader will not permit you to save information that is entered in the form.

Schedule of Deadlines and Reviews

Applications will be accepted under this RFA over a two year period or until all grants have been awarded.  Four application deadlines per year are planned; the deadlines for the program are indicated in the table below. 

Review Cycle Application Deadline GWG Review ICOC Review
1 February 18, 2010 March 2010 April 2010
2 June 17, 2010 July 2010 August 2010
3 September 30, 2010 November 2010 December 2010
4 December 2, 2010 January 2011 February 2011
5 February 23, 2011 March 2011 May 2011
6 June 15, 2011 July 2011 August 2011
7 September 28, 2011 November 2011 December 2011
8 November 30, 2011 January 2012 January 2012
9 January 11, 2012 February 2012 March 2012
10 May 16, 2012 June 2012 July 2012
11 August 16, 2012 September 2012 October 2012
12 November 28, 2012 March 2013 May 2013
13 March 25, 2013 April 2013 May 2013
14 January 14, 2014 March 2014 May 2014

For information about this program, please contact:

Gilberto R. Sambrano, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Review
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Phone: (415) 396-9103

Michael P. Yaffe, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research Activities
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Phone: (415) 396-9238

ICOC Approval:
May 29, 2014
Total Awards:
Award Value:


Institution Investigator Grant Title Award Value
Gladstone Institutes, J. David Dr. Todd C. McDevitt Engineering microscale tissue constructs from human pluripotent stem cells $5,849,100
University of California, Los Angeles Dr. John P Chute Niche-Focused Research: Discovery & Development of Hematopoietic Regenerative Factors $4,645,297
University of California, Berkeley Dr. Xavier Darzacq Single Molecule Biophysics and Biology of Cellular Identity $4,175,924
University of California, San Francisco Redacted Recapitulating development of the musculoskeletal axis in vitro with pluripotent cells $0
University of California, San Diego Dr. Eric T. Ahrens Molecular Imaging for Stem Cell Science and Clinical Application $5,680,474
University of California, Santa Cruz Professor Richard Gregory MicroRNA Regulation in Stem Cells, Development, and Disease $0
Stanford University Professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi Generation of functional cells and organs from iPSCs $5,426,135
Gladstone Institutes, J. David Dr. Kevin Kit Parker PhD Engineering Cardiac Tissue for Regeneration and Drug Development $0
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Dr. Barry R Stripp Epithelial progenitors and the stromal niche as therapeutic targets in lung disease $4,841,830
Parkinson’s Institute Dennis Steindler Stem Cell Pathologies in Parkinson’s disease as a key to Regenerative Strategies $0
University of Southern California Dr. Andrew McMahon Repair and regeneration of the nephron $5,672,206
University of California, Berkeley Dr. Zhigang He Developing a regeneration-based functional restoration treatment for spinal cord injury $0
University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Peter J Coffey Development of Cellular Therapies for Retinal Disease $4,690,963
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Dr. Robert J Wechsler-Reya The role of neural stem cells in cerebellar development, regeneration and tumorigenesis $5,226,049