The University of California (UC) has announce a research funding opportunity for UC multicampus collaborations. Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPIs) are multicampus or systemwide research collaborations that go beyond individual Principal Investigator (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; enhance education and training; and benefit California and its people. The competition is open to all fields of research and scholarship.
This opportunity includes two award types. The award start date is January 1, 2019. In brief, the two award types are:
1) “Planning/Pilot Awards” open only to new multicampus or systemwide collaborations for planning, capacity-building and/or establishing the research infrastructure and pilot data to launch novel, cutting-edge inter-disciplinary, or multidisciplinary research. Prior recipients of Planning MRPI or Catalyst awards are not eligible to request a renewal or supplement in this category. Applicants may request one or two years of funding.
2) “Program Awards” (2 years maximum) open to both new and established multicampus collaborations (without concurrent systemwide support), and prior recipients of the MRPI Planning/Pilot Award who wish to extend and expand their collaboration. Recipients of current MRPI or Catalyst Program Awards with project end dates after December 31, 2018 are not eligible to apply.
UCOP anticipates approximately $8 million total funding for new awards across all categories and award types for the two-year period.
The deadline for Letters of Intent is Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12 noon. Full proposals will be by invitation only.
For more information about this opportunity, including eligibility restrictions and submission guidelines, please refer to the UCOP MRPI Website: https://www.ucop.edu/research-initiatives/programs/mrpi/Application-Information.html.