August 4, 2009


SUBJECT:    Funding Opportunities

There are now nearly 700 researchers from our campus profiled on the UC San Diego Research Intelligence Portal ( The portal offers advanced tools to find campus expertise, build research teams, maintain your personal Research Strengths profile, and identify potential funding opportunities.

Since the portal's launch in April, Calit2 developers have added substantial new functionality to the system. Version 2.0 of the Research Intelligence Portal is now being launched and will provide email alerts about hot-off-the-presses grant opportunities.

The portal draws on a database of new and open funding opportunities and represents a comprehensive source of grant solicitations from 60 federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. Among the new features in Version 2.0 are funding alerts, document uploads, custom grant filters, enhanced social-networking tools and public profiles. The following link provides additional information on these features:

If you haven't used the portal yet, I encourage you to take a few minutes to try it. Just go to and use your UCSD Single Sign-On password to log on to the site. You'll be transferred initially to My Research Profile, where you can edit your contact information and upload URLs or document files that reflect your research interests and expertise. As they are uploaded, the portal automatically scans the text for keywords and expressions using three different algorithms. A list of those words that you can accept or reject for inclusion in your 'tag cloud' profile is automatically generated. If there are research keywords that should be in your profile but are not there yet, you can use the Add Keywords function to include them.

If you have any problem accessing or using the new (or old) features, please contact the UC San Diego Research Intelligence Portal team at Meanwhile, Calit2 and the Office of Research Affairs continue to work on upgrades, and if there are any tools or features that you think would be useful to campus researchers, we welcome your suggestions at the same email address.

Arthur B. Ellis
Vice Chancellor for Research