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UCI Research Infrastructure Program

Program aims at strengthening the campus’ functional capabilities that enable cutting-edge research and discovery.  The overall goal of the UCI Research Infrastructure Program is to support instruments and facilities that are shared among multiple investigators or those that are formally designated as Shared Facilities.


UCI Seed Funding: Investing to Develop Center-Scale Multidisciplinary Convergence Research Programs

Supports promising research directions where internal seed level investment can lead to externally funded center-scale research programs. Convergence refers to deep integration of knowledge bases, tools, techniques, and ways of thinking from physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, computing, social sciences and reaching out to humanities, arts, business and law to attack societal and global grand challenges.  Accordingly, seed funding proposals are invited from multidisciplinary teams of faculty (for planning, capacity building, and research development activities), which can compete for extramural funding.


UCI Bridge Funding

Program provides one-time support to eligible Principal Investigators (PI) to assist with re-establishing external funding.  A primary objective of the Bridge Funding program is to keep experienced research teams together while funding is re-established.

Institute for Clinical & Translational Science (ICTS): Biomedical and Health Informatics Pilot

The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grants support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms. The call is an invitation to propose a translational science pilot grant that will leverage biomedical informatics tools and/or technologies.

Institute for Clinical & Translational Science (ICTS): Pilot Award Funding

Program encourages early exploration of high-risk translational research ideas focused on emerging areas of basic and applied science with clear relevance to clinical application.

Institute for Clinical & Translational Science (ICTS): Campus Community Research Award

The Campus-Community Research Incubator Program (CCRI) is a small grant fund mechanism designed to foster collaborative research-oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations.

Biological Sciences-School of Medicine Pilot Funding for Faculty Pursuing Collaborative Research

The purpose of this Pilot Funding Program is to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations that facilitate innovative research projects in novel areas of investigation between researchers of the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and UCI School of Medicine. This mechanism supports early stage research in any area that requires preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding.

The UCI MIND WAM Women’s Initiative: Pilot Funding

The purpose of the collaboration between the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), is to capitalize on the research expertise within UCI MIND and across the UCI campus and to leverage this expertise to accelerate science to understand the role of sex and gender in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Priority is given to applications for which sex and/or gender is incorporated as an independent variable and for which the probability of future federal research funding is high.

Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Library Resources (CORCL) Funding

The Faculty Research, Travel and Computing Committee of each School supports Academic Senate members by providing funding for research, research travel, conference travel, and computer hardware or software. Applicants may submit up to 2 proposals, but each proposal must request support from a different focus area (research, travel, or computing).

Hellman Fellowship Program

Program supports full-time Assistant Professors who have completed at least two but not more than four full years of service, and who exhibit potential for great distinction in their areas of expertise within the schools of Arts, Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Information and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Law or Business.

UCI Microbiome Initiative: Pilot Project Funding

Awards will provide in-kind support to analyze microbiomes from various types of samples. Staff working for the Microbiome Initiative will conduct sample preparation and molecular analysis of identified samples, and can provide advice on the experimental design, sampling protocol, type of molecular analysis, and bioinformatic analysis. UCI students, postdoctoral researchers, research staff, and faculty are eligible to submit a proposal; however, every proposal must identify a UCI faculty member that is overseeing the project.

UCI Humanities Commons: Collaborative Conference Grants

Collaborative Conference grants support academic conferences, symposia or colloquia held at UCI. These grants may also support a lecture series or works-in-progress series during a quarter or the academic year.  A collaborative project must have at least 2 co-directors, and at least one should be a School of Humanities faculty member or a current School of Humanities lecturer who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering research on campus. Grant funds may be used for honoraria, lodging and travel expenses for invited speakers and for catering and conference supplies.

UCI Humanities Commons: Publication Support

Publication support grants are awarded to monographs, edited volumes and articles under contract with a publisher. Grant funds may be used as a subvention to the publisher or for expenses related to preparing the manuscript such as image rights, copy-editing and/or indexing.  Academic Senate faculty with an appointment in the UCI School of Humanities are eligible to apply for a publication support grant through the Humanities Commons. 


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Federal Agencies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Supports research to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Agency for International Development (USAID)

Supports research that is intended to produce knowledge that will offer solutions to specific development challenges including broad-based economic growth; environment; population, health and nutrition; democracy; and providing humanitarian assistance and aiding post-crisis transitions.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Provides funding to help promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Grants assist health-related and research organizations that contribute to CDC's mission through health information dissemination, preparedness, prevention, research, and surveillance.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Supports food and agriculture research, including biotechnology, genomics, pest management, biofuels, and childhood obesity.

Department of Commerce

Supports projects that foster economic growth and the creation of new American jobs to ensure sustainable economic opportunities.

Department of Defense

Supports basic and applied research related to the mission of each service. In addition to physics, materials, mathematics, computer science, etc., they may fund life science and psychology (e.g., human cognitive and behavioral modeling).

Department of Education

Supports research on education from pre-school through higher education and adult education.

Department of Energy

Supports basic research related to energy, including advanced computing, biological and environmental research, basic energy sciences, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and more.

Department of Transportation

Supports research to bring advanced technologies to the transportation systems and funds university transportation centers.

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Supports projects to create jobs and advance global competitiveness.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Supports research that will improve the scientific basis for national environmental decisions.

Housing and Urban Development

Supports research on housing, urban issues and policy analysis.

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)

Invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Seeks to develop innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures to support decisions for human exploration and to promote international and commercial participation in U.S. exploration efforts.

National Endowment for the Arts

Supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Provides funding to strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.

National Institute of Justice

Provides grants for research, development and evaluation projects relating to criminal justice and forensic laboratory enhancement. Also funds research fellowships.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Supports research that increases our fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Supports research on the structure and behavior of the ocean, atmosphere, and related ecosystems.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Supports education and research on nuclear materials safety and other nuclear-related issues.

State Department - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Supports academic, cultural and professional exchange and training programs.

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Private Foundations

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Funds research in science and technology, standards of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, and selected national issues.

American Cancer Society

Supports cancer research.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Offers grants in higher education, scholarly communication, museums and art conservation, performing arts, information technology, and the environment.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Supports research in global development and health, and education in the United States.

Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Offers grants in conservation and science, population, children, families and communities.

Ellison Medical Foundation

Supports research in aging and global infectious diseases.

Ford Foundation

Supports programs that strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Supports research and teaching in the biomedical sciences.

Human Frontier Science Program

Research grants and fellowships in the Life Sciences.

James S. McDonnell Foundation

Supports scientific research in mind/brain/behavior, complex systems, and brain cancer.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Funds research through four programs: global security and sustainability, human and community development, public interest media, and the MacArthur Fellows program.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Programs fund research into the prevention and treatment of birth defects and prematurity, including genetics, development, and social, behavioral, and environmental hazards.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Supports education, training and research aimed at improving health and health care in the United States.

Rockefeller Foundation

Funds research in agriculture, arts and culture, health, employment, housing, education, and globalization in eastern and southern Africa, southeast Asia, and North America.

Smith Richardson Foundation

Funds research in international security, foreign policy, and domestic public policy.

Spencer Foundation

Funds research that investigates ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Supports programs in education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population.

W.M. Keck Foundation

The Foundation focuses on Science and Engineering Research, Medical Research, Undergraduate Education, and Southern California. Each of our grant programs invests in people and programs that are making a difference in the quality of life, now and for the future.

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