Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI)

In 2009, the University of California Office of the President awarded over $70 million in competitive grants to 37 multicampus programs and initiatives — innovative collaborations that will assemble statewide teams of UC experts from a broad range of fields to focus their efforts around specific research areas important to California. These Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) grants seek to support innovative campus efforts to enhance UC’s ability to advance scholarship, student training and knowledge, particularly in areas of importance to the university and the state.

Announcement regarding upcoming MRPI call for applications (pdf)

Letter regarding impact of UC budget cuts on the MRPI Program (pdf)

Funding goals & priorities

Goals of this competition are to facilitate and support outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries that can:

  • Significantly advance research in areas important to California
  • Increase UC’s competitiveness in attracting faculty, graduate students, awards and honors and extramural funding
  • Support innovative graduate student research at UC

MRPI grants offer up to five years of funding for the establishment, support or further development of innovative UC research programs and initiatives. This funding opportunity is open to established multicampus research units (MRUs), as well as new programs or initiatives proposed by campus groups.

MRPI grants are funded by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) and are managed by the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO). Competitions are held every three to five years, subject to availability of funds.

Prior MRPI Awards

Applications were reviewed and ranked in one of six expert panels, and a Portfolio Review panel made recommendations as to the overall funding priorities consistent with the RFP and University goals for these funds.