Public commitment. It's what the University of California delivers each and every day via dedication to an idea: teach for California, research for the world. President Napolitano has launched a series of initiatives meant to reinforce this mission and our commitment to honoring UC's historic social contract.

Academic pipeline

PhD students: UC is committed to training an academic graduate population that reflects the diversity of the state and nation. In order to enhance the pipeline of underrepresented minority students who earn advanced degrees, UC will provide fellowship to UC PhD students who participated in the UC-HBCU Initiative. The president's academic pipeline effort also expands the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship program. Campuses will examine developing pilot retention efforts for PhD students and share best practices for facilitating academic doctoral student success.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP): A diverse faculty is a crucial part of any strong research institution. UC supports outstanding scholars by working to increase the number of PPFP fellows hired as UC faculty at the completion of their fellowships. Over the next three years, this initiative will provide additional support for new faculty hires and develop systemwide diversity leadership programming. Learn more about PPFP hiring incentives initiative >


Undocumented students: At UC, students from all backgrounds are welcome. Undocumented students often face unique challenges in pursuing their academic goals. This initiative will increase student access and success by enhancing systemwide and campus-specific resources for undocumented UC students. See the undocumented student resources site >


The University of California Global Food Initiative seeks to address one of the critical issues of our time: How to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. The initiative will align the university’s research, outreach and operations in a sustained effort to develop, demonstrate and export solutions — throughout California, the United States and the world — for food security, health and sustainability. Learn more about the UC Global Food Initiative >

Global impact

President's Research Catalyst Awards: This initiative will channel up to $10 million over three years to fund research in areas of strategic importance to California and the world, such as sustainability and climate, food and nutrition, equity and social justice, education innovation, and health care. Learn more about the President's Research Catalyst Awards >

Mexico: UC will work with Mexico to address issues facing our shared populations, environment and economies. Through sustained, strategic and equal partnership between UC and educational institutions in Mexico, we will increase student and faculty exchange and provide opportunities for collaborative research in key areas, including education, health, science, agriculture/sustainability, arts and culture. Learn more about the UC-Mexico Initiative >

Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization: UC is a critical source of innovation driving California's economy. This initiative will enhance all stages of technology commercialization by investing in UC inventors and entrepreneurs, early-stage UC technologies, and UC start-up companies. Increased financial support and flexibility for campus-led activities will help streamline existing technology commercialization processes and systems, while enhanced communication will create greater awareness of UC's successes. Learn more about the innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization initiative or browse available UC technologies >


Carbon neutrality: UC is a national leader in sustainability research and practice. In an effort to become the first major research university system to achieve carbon neutrality, UC plans to expand and accelerate its climate action efforts over the next 11 years (2014-25). By entering the wholesale electrical market to access renewable energy, continuing to invest in energy efficiency, expanding renewable energy generation on campuses and transitioning from natural gas to biomethane to run our efficient electrical plant facilities, UC will accelerate its sustainability leadership while managing long-term operational costs. Learn more about sustainability at UC or about the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative >


Transfer students are a crucial part of the UC community. This initiative will streamline the flow of California Community College students to UC campuses by improving transfer students' awareness of UC as an attainable option, ensuring the transfer roadmap is as clear and simple as possible, and supporting transfer students through their transition to UC. Learn more about transfer admissions >