UC Research works for California. As the primary research arm of the State, UC experts are finding better ways to fight drought and fire, prepare for earthquakes, reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health and education, and identify sustainable sources of energy.

UC administers and supports several State-Sponsored Programs and Systemwide Programs and Initiatives with the goal of advancing research in areas of critical importance to UC and the State; promoting effective statewide and inter-campus collaboration; and enhancing the impact of UC research for the economy, society and environment. Some programs are directly funded by the State. Others are partnerships between UC, California and other parties. All of these programs draw on UC's expertise and commitment to public research, which sustains California as a leader in science, ideas and innovation.

Explore some of UC's State-Sponsored Programs and Systemwide Programs and Initiatives:

State Research Programs

Research Grants Program Office

State Research Programs support researchers and communities throughout the state who are working to eliminate Breast Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Tobacco-related diseases in California.

UC Research Initiatives

Research Grants Program Office

UC Research Initiatives (UCRI) support multicampus research teams, partners UC and national laboratory scientists, and advances innovations that benefit California.

Multicampus Research Units

Systemwide Research Programs

MRUs foster research across campuses and disciplines in areas where cross-campus collaborations can enhance UC efforts to accelerate research in critical fields of research.

California Institutes for Science and Innovation


The California Institutes for Science and Innovation partner UC researchers with innovative companies to advance four major fields of science and technology that are critical to California's economic competitiveness.

Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies (CERC-WET)

UC Office of the President

The Department of Energy has chosen UC to lead a multi-million dollar international research consortium, with participation from five UC campuses and LBNL, that will tackle water-related aspects of energy production and use.

UC Natural Reserves

UC Natural Reserve System

Each year, thousands of scientists from around the world conduct field research in the protected landscapes of the Natural Reserve System. This network of natural landscapes represents a living library of California's diverse ecosystems. Reserve lands are protected for the long term, enabling researchers to conduct experiments without fear of the land or their equipment being disturbed, and build on data archives from decades of previous research.