The goal of the RAS Unit is to assist investigators and grant specialists with creating and maintaining successful research programs. This includes, navigating the complex research processes within the UCD/UCDHS campuses, the department and extramural funding agencies.

The RAS Unit provides guidance and assistance to investigators and staff in the following areas:

Pre-Award Support

  • Provide direction and/or training on how to initiate and process a grant application
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets
  • Provide grant writing and editing resources
  • Provide guidance and tips for formatting scientific figures, forms, and tables
  • Provide eRA Commons training
  • Create accounts and setup/update profiles
  • Just-In-Time (JIT) requests
  • Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
  • Anticipate and reconcile pre and post-award conflicts
  • Provide cross coverage amongst grant specialists

Develop and Organize Research Activities and Resources

  • Research seminars, symposiums and focus groups
  • Grant Review Program pdf
  • Internal faculty and trainee research awards
  • Research committee activities
  • Internal and external research websites
  • Aid in the search of available funding opportunities for specific research area(s) of interest and maintain funding opportunity listserve
  • Track research grant and contract data
  • Serve as a resource for all research needs


Faculty and Staff

Richard Kravitz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Co-Vice Chair of Research
Division of General Medicine
4150 V Street, Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
John C. Rutledge, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Co-Vice Chair of Research
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
GBSF, Suite 5310
Davis, CA  95616

Monique Vasquez
Research Manager
Tel: 916-734-8589
PSSB, Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
Sarai Davis
Grants and Finance Analyst
Tel: 530-752-9863
GBSF, Suite 5318
Davis, CA 95616

Ebony Irick- Hadnot
Grant, Web and Social Media Specialist
Tel: 916-734-8776
PSSB, Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817