Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives

Systemwide research to strengthen the UC research enterprise

Program Announcement (March 20, 2024): UCRI is pleased to release the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2025 Award Year. Applicants may apply for Planning/Pilot Awards or Program Awards. The deadline for Letters of Intent is Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 12:00 noon PT.  Please see the How to Apply page for more details.

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 $48 million, providing a significant investment in UC systemwide research. To see the list of awards from the most recent competition, visit the 2023 Awards page. Awards from previous years can be found on the Prior Awards page or our funded research database.

MRPI awards are made in two categories: Planning/Pilot Awards and Program Awards. MRPI competitions are anticipated every two years, subject to availability of funds. 

Learn More

Our program fact sheet (pdf) summarizes the impact to date of MRPI funding.

See the abstracts for active awards (pdf) for more details on current MRPI awards.