2016 President’s Research Catalyst Awards – Call for Proposals

2016 President’s Research Catalyst Awards

Spurring new discoveries in areas of strategic importance to California and the world


UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Research Initiatives have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2016 President’s Research Catalyst Awards. A total of $7 million over three years is available to advance innovative research in areas of strategic importance to UC that has the potential to benefit California, the nation, and the world, and to stimulate public support for UC research. Projects should catalyze:

  • Innovative scholarship that contributes significantly to knowledge and science in areas of strategic importance to UC, with the potential to improve human lives, society, the environment, or the economy, enhance culture and community, or provide other public benefit
  • Multicampus and systemwide collaboration that positions UC as a national leader
  • Faculty collaboration across career stages to provide mentorship, support professional advancement, and position UC faculty as leaders in key fields
  • Graduate student training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary research
  • Public engagement in the UC research mission through opportunities for community collaborative research, citizen science, or other community outreach, education and engagement
  • Undergraduate participation in research through educational, curricular or training/internship components (as appropriate to the fields and disciplines)

The program will fund new research projects and collaborations that will position UC as a leader in cutting-edge and emerging fields, attract extramural funding, help recruit and retain outstanding faculty, and enhance education and training. Funding will not support ongoing research activities, provide core institutional support, or extend funding for existing projects already supported by other systemwide funding from UCOP, nor will it be renewed or extended beyond the maximum 3-year award period.

Interested applicants should carefully review the full Eligibility, Proposal Requirements and Exclusion Criteria (pages 2-3 in the RFP) to ensure full compliance prior to starting their application.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants must complete a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) using the online proposalCENTRAL application system by Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:00 noon PDT.

Please review page 4 & 5 in the RFP for LOI requirements and evaluation criteria. Full applications will be by invitation only.  Invitations for full proposals will be sent by July 10, 2015, with an application deadline of August 26, 2015.

More Information

UCOP strongly recommends that applicants participate in one of the following webinars, which will provide an overview of the program and the application process. Pre-registration is required using the following links.

  • Friday, May 1, 10:00am-11:00am Pacific Time (Register)
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2:00pm-3:00pm Pacific Time (Register)
  • Thursday, May 7, 2:30pm-3:30pm Pacific Time (Register)

For questions on program scope and priorities, please contact: UCRI@ucop.edu.  Updated Program Announcements, FAQs and RFP clarifications (if any), and any additional Applicant Information teleconference announcements will be posted on the UCRI website.  Administrative questions regarding the application process may be directed to: RGPOGrants@ucop.edu.

UCI applicants should also check with their Contracts & Grants Officer if they have any questions about the UCI application process in relation to this program.


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