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Award processes

The scientific merit of applications is determined by peer review. The Scientific Advisory Committee recommends applications for funding based on the scientific merit scores assigned by the peer reviewers, together with their judgment of the degree to which proposals are responsive to TRDRP's mission and research priorities and have potential for high impact.

Grantees are expected to account for the expenditure of grant funds and for the performance of work as agreed upon in a timely manner and to abide by TRDRP's policies regarding scientific misconduct and conflict of interest.

Letter of Intent (LOI) 

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required to apply for the following award mechanisms: High Impact Research Project Award, High Impact Pilot Research Award, New Investigator Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, and Predoctoral Fellowship Award. LOIs and proposals must be submitted electronically through our grants management systems.

TRDRP has migrated to a new grants management system, SmartSimple, for specific award types. These are the Instructions for the Submission of a Letter of Intent in SmartSimple and are applicable to:

  • Research Award
  • Pilot Award
  • New Investigator Award
  • Postdoctoral Award
  • Predoctoral Award
  • Rapid Response Research to Accelerate Policy Award
  • Community Partnered Participatory Research Award

Applicants will have access to the full application template web pages if the LOI is approved in SmartSimple, at which time applicants will receive a notification email. The LOIs will be approved or denied on a rolling basis. To be accepted for a full application, a Letter of Intent (LOI) must address one or more of TRDRP’s nine research priorities as described on TRDRP’s website and meet all eligibility requirements for the award type.

For technical help with SmartSimple, please email Research Grants Program Office at by phone at 510-987-9386 regarding application and pre/post-award procedures.

Cannabis Research Considerations If research involves cannabis, it must be conducted in compliance with all applicable regulations and policies, including but not limited to federal registration and licensing requirements administered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and applicable to research use of controlled substances.  For additional information see Cannabis Research Considerations.