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With strategic investments totaling $260 million over nine years, UCRI advances research, scholarship and discovery in all disciplines and fields of study.


We fund collaborative partnerships and critical research aimed at solving issues that are important to California’s people and economy.

Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI)

This program funds multicampus or systemwide research collaborations that go beyond individual PI-driven projects to benefit the UC research enterprise, strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university, launch pioneering research in thematic, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary areas, and benefit California. The competition is open to all fields of research and scholarship.

President's Research Catalyst Awards

This initiative funds multicampus, multi-disciplinary efforts that incorporate research, teaching and learning for undergraduate and graduate students. The awards are designed to stimulate UC research in areas that could benefit California and the world.

UC Lab Fees Research Program

The UC Lab Fees Research Program fosters collaborations between UC faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and laboratory scientists, drawing on their unique strengths and facilities to launch compelling, cutting-edge research.

UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee

The UC CRCC is a systemwide, faculty-directed cancer research program that provides competitive intramural research awards for topics in any discipline that address any aspect of cancer, including its origins, prevention and cure.

UC Innovation Opportunities

RGPO oversees two programs that aim to enhance industry-university collaboration, enable innovation and spur the California economy: the Proof of Concept Program and the UC Discovery Grant.

Multicampus Research Units

To enhance the success of Multicampus Research Units (MRUs), we coordinate their review and evaluation and provide additional administrative guidance.