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Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives

Systemwide research to strengthen the UC research enterprise
MRPI funding supports innovative multicampus research collaborations that strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university. Awards are intended to facilitate outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries that can:
  • Advance research in areas important to UC, California, its people, environment and economy
  • Increase UC’s competitiveness in attracting faculty, graduate students, awards and honors, and extramural funding
  • Support innovative graduate student research at UC

The total funding portfolio of active MRPI grants is approximately $35 million, providing a significant investment in UC systemwide research. Our program information sheet (pdf) summarizes the impact to date of the first two rounds of MRPI funding. Information about prior awards can be accessed in the menu to the left, and you can learn more about the most recent MRPI funding recipients in the press release for the 2017 awards.

MRPI awards are made in two categories: Planning/Pilot Awards provide up to two years of funding to launch novel research collaborations, and Program Awards provide up to four years of funding to support new or established innovative UC research collaborations. The next RFP is scheduled for release in spring 2018.

Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives is a funding opportunity administered by UC Research Initiatives in the Research Grants Program Office, UC Office of the President. Competitions are anticipated every two years, subject to availability of funds.