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UC Programs

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Alzheimer’s Disease Center Pilot Grants March Pilot grants support research in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Berkeley-Austria Fund February Applications are open to faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Fund seeks especially to encourage projects with practical importance for economic, political, and social issues relevant to Austria and California and, more broadly, to Europe and the United States.
California Breast Cancer Research Program varies The mission of the CBCRP is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.
California HIV/AIDS Research Program varies The CHRP supports research that is attentive to the needs of California and that accelerates progress towards prevention and a cure for HIV/AIDS.
California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) varies PATH’s mission is to develop solutions that address the challenges of California’s surface transportation systems through advanced ideas and technologies and with a focus on greater deployment of those solutions throughout California.
California Program on Access to Care varies CPAC grants support research related to Healthy Families, Medi-Cal, health insurance, rural health, immigrant health, and expansion of healthcare for the working poor and other low-income populations.
California Sea Grant College Program varies Supports research on ocean and coastal resources.
UC California Studies Consortium March UCCSC supports collaborative research by UC faculty, graduate students, and their colleagues at other institutions as part of a University-wide initiative for the humanities, arts and social sciences.
Cancer Research Coordinating Committee January for letter of intent 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.
Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California varies CCREC’s research aim is to produce and support multi-/inter-/trans-disciplinary and collaborative scholarship that effects changes in California’s communities and policy arenas to reduce persistent inequities in the economy, education, employment, environment, health, housing, and nutrition.
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Fellowship Programs January The CCIS research agenda focuses on Mexican migration to California and comparative, cross-national and cross-regional research on international migratory movements, immigration policy, and citizenship policy.
Center for Health and Nutrition Research March CHNR supports research projects that propose innovative, 21st century biology based approaches to the investigation of how nutrients, and combinations of nutrients in whole foods, can act to reduce the risk for chronic diseases.
Center for High Energy Density Science (CHEDS), LLNL varies CHEDS facilitates access for students and faculty to LLNL HEDS experimental facilities and high performance computing resource.
UC Center for New Racial Studies varies The mission of UCCNRS is to support innovation in UC-based race/racism research and teaching and to encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative work focused on advancing social/racial justice in an era of changing racial dynamics and persistent racial/ethnic conflict and inequality.
Center for Space and Earth Science; LANL March or April CSES solicits proposals in the disciplines of geoscience, climate, planetary physics and astrophysics, with an emphasis on the science of signatures.
Center for US-Mexican Studies (USMEX) Scholars Program January USMEX has one of the largest residential fellowship programs in the U.S. for research on Mexico, and each year brings together Scholars from the social sciences and related fields to engage with our community of students, faculty and the San Diego community..
UC Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation varies UCCONNECT will support faculty to pursue research aligned with the broad theme of promoting economic competitivenessby enhancing multi-modal transport for California and the region and with one or more designated priority research topics.
UC Discovery Grant not applicable UCDG promotes collaborations between UC researchers and industry partners. The program is not currently soliciting proposals.
UC Global Health Institute varies UCGHI provides training opportunities and project funding support for students and faculty to develop their skills in global health research, education and leadership.
UC-HBCU Initiative March UC faculty grants support Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students conducting summer research with UC faculty at a UC campus, and support departmental efforts to facilitate increased applications from HBCU scholars to UC PhD programs.  
Health Initiative of the Americas varies HIA draws upon the multidisciplinary scholarship and the moral calling of UC Berkeley faculty and students to produce new knowledge through action-oriented research; teaching and mentoring; and service and community engagement programs to reduce the health disparities of the less advantaged Latino population in the United States.
UC Humanities Research Institute varies UCHRI supports fellows, working groups, seminars, conferences, workshops and other research formations, on topics traditional to the humanities in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, classics, languages, and history, as well as the pressing human dimensions that arise in the social and natural sciences, technology, art, medicine, and the professions.
UC Institute for Research in the Arts varies UCIRA is a statewide program dedicated to supporting and promoting arts practice and research across the UC system.
Institute for Scientific Computing Research, LLNL varies ISCR fosters multidisciplinary collaborations between LLNL researchers and faculty and students on singular projects that seek to redefine for the world what is computationally possible.
Institute of American Cultures, UCLA February The IAC offers Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher Program in Ethnic Studies awards to to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os.
Institute of European Studies, UCB varies Faculty Grants are awarded for research, curriculum development, and travel for foreign language instructors. Other grants and fellowships are offered for students.
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation varies IGCC addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through research, training, and outreach on international security, economic development, and the environment.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB varies KITP has several special fellowship initiatives targeted to special groups, including Simons Distinguished Visiting Scholars, KITP Scholars, postdocs, and graduate students.
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center varies Kearney’s mission is to provide state-of-the-science research and educational programs to promote sustainability of California's $24.5 billion agriculture industry, and to enhance the quality of the rural environment.
UC Laboratory Fees Research Program varies The UC Lab Fees Research Program enhances partnerships between UC researchers and laboratory scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Lawrence Fellowship, LLNL November The fellowship is a highly competitive three-year postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines.
Librarians Association of the University of California varies LAUC research funds allow UC librarians a unique opportunity to engage in scholarly research and creative activity.
Medical Investigation of Neurological Disorders Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowships varies The UC Davis MIND Institute offers a postdoctoral training program to prepare Ph.D. and M.D. fellows for careers in autism research.
UC MEXUS - UC Institute for Mexico and the United States varies UC MEXUS promotes education, research, public service, and other scholarly activities in five principle areas: Mexican studies, U.S.-Mexico relations, Latino studies, critical issues, and UC-Mexico collaboration.
Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, UCB varies Fellowships, Professorships, Visiting Professorships, and Senior Fellowships are available for research in the basic sciences on the Berkeley campus.
UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) varies MRPI funding supports innovative multicampus research collaborations that strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis varies Since 1995, NCEAS has been advancing the state of ecological and environmental knowledge through synthetic and collaborative research that aims to discover general patterns and principles based on existing data.
Natural Reserve System, Graduate Research Funding varies The UC NRS supports graduate student research with several grant programs.
Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship Program, UCSF December The program enables the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies to train a new generation of health policy and health services research leaders from diverse backgrounds.
President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program November The program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
President’s Faculty Research Fellowships in the Humanities varies A core program of the UC Humanities Network, the program provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project.
President’s Research Catalyst Awards varies Research proposals must involve a minimum of three UC campuses and address topics that have the potential to improve human lives, society, the environment, or the economy, enhance culture and community, or provide other public benefit.
Proof of Concept Program: Commercialization Gap Grants varies The PoC Program funds innovations and discoveries at the cusp of commercialization that require a final demonstration of their commercial viability.
Renewable Resources Extension Act August RREA solicits proposals to support Cooperative Extension projects addressing the educational and extension needs in the management of California’s valuable renewable resources on forest and rangeland.
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center varies The Center fosters and supports research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra foothills.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program varies SAREP grants fund research on sustainable agricultural practices and systems.
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program varies TRDRP funds research that contributes to the elimination of smoking and tobacco use and mitigates the human and economic costs of tobacco use in California.
Transportation Center, UC varies UCTC offers faculty research grants and dissertation grants.
Western Integrated Pest Management Center varies Western IPM Center grants support the development, adoption and evaluation of integrated pest management to benefit the people, environment and economy of the West
White Mountain Research Center Student Opportunities varies The WMRC minigrant program funds about 10 thesis-related graduate student research projects each year, including both UC and non-UC students. Other opportunities are available.

UC Berkeley Campus Funding Programs

(Most programs are not administered through SPO.)

Funding Opportunities, Berkeley Research Development Office

Berkeley Collaborative Research Opportunities Proposals

Berkeley Food Institute

BRII – Berkeley Research Impact Initiative

Big Ideas@Berkeley

Center for British Studies Program Grants

Center for Latin American Studies

  • UC Berkeley-Chile Seed Funds
  • Summer Field Research Grants

Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Teaching and Learning

Chancellor’s Public Scholars and the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES)

Committee on Research

S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowships in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy

Development Impact Lab (DIL) Grant Opportunities

Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Diversity, Division of Equity and Inclusion

France-Berkeley Fund

Graduate Division: Graduate Fellowships and Grants

Humanities Research Fellowship and Mellon Project Grant

Human Rights Center Student Fellowships

Institute of European Studies

Peder Sather Grant Program

Portuguese Studies Program Grants

Student Technology Fund

Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Vice Provost for the Faculty