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Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI)

Systemwide research to strengthen the UC research enterprise.

The MRPI program supports innovative multicampus research collaborations that strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university. This program and subsequent awards aim to facilitate and support 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

MRPI offers two types of awards: Planning 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.

Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives is a funding opportunity administered under the auspices of the UC Office of the President. It is offered by UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) in the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO). Competitions are anticipated every two years, subject to availability of funds.

2015 MRPI Awards

For more information about past funding for this program, see the 2011 letter regarding impact of UC budget cuts on the MRPI program (pdf).