Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives

Systemwide research to strengthen the UC research enterprise

Program Announcement (December 1, 2022):  UCRI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) awards. Twenty-one highly meritorious projects proposing innovative research across a wide range of disciplines and topics were selected from a pool of 96 eligible applications. Congratulations to these outstanding researchers! To see the complete list of 2023 awards, please visit the 2023 Awards page.

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. Information about prior awards can be accessed in the menu to the left, and you can learn more about the current awards on the 2023 Awards page.

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. 

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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.