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Open Access Publications from the University of California

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UC Research Initiatives offer unique opportunities for collaboration and seed funding across the full breadth of academic disciplines and scholarship at UC, from the arts and humanities to engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, education and medicine.

Three types of collaboration form the core of the current UCRI portfolio:

  1. UC multicampus collaborations
  2. UC-national lab collaborations
  3. UC innovation opportunities

Genuinely systemwide, each of the initiatives solicits proposals across all disciplines for competition in rigorous, independent, peer review panels that ensure the highest quality, most compelling research receives UC systemwide support.

By recompeting funds in regular intervals (every 1-4 years), UCRI directs research investments to emerging, promising areas of academic basic and applied scholarship, and creates opportunities to launch new ideas and pursue novel approaches at the frontiers of knowledge.