April 27, 2015


SUBJECT:    UC President's Research Catalyst Award

I am pleased to forward this call for proposals for the 2016 President's Research Catalyst Award. Please note the following special criteria, "academic appointees with Principal Investigator status at a UC campus, and must include participation of at least 3 UC campuses".

UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Research Initiatives are pleased to issue a Request for Proposals for the 2016 President's Research Catalyst Awards:

(form available at:

This president's initiative aims 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. Awards are made on a competitive basis for highly meritorious research that fulfills the following programmatic goals:

Catalyze INNOVATIVE SCHOLARSHIP that makes significant contributions to knowledge and science in areas of strategic importance to UC, and that has the potential to improve human lives, society, the environment, or the economy, enhance culture and community, or provide other public benefit

Catalyze MULTICAMPUS AND SYSTEMWIDE COLLABORATION that positions UC as a national leader

Catalyze FACULTY COLLABORATION ACROSS CAREER STAGES to provide mentorship, support professional advancement, and position UC faculty as leaders in key fields

Catalyze GRADUATE STUDENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES in cutting-edge interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary research

Catalyze PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE UC RESEARCH MISSION through opportunities for community collaborative research, citizen science, or other community outreach, education and engagement

Catalyze UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH through educational, curricular or training/internship components (as appropriate to the fields and disciplines)

The competition is open to all fields of research and interdisciplinary or thematic collaboration. All proposals must be submitted by academic appointees with Principal Investigator status at a UC campus, and must include participation of at least 3 UC campuses. Please refer to the RFP for funding priorities, eligibility, application guidelines, and additional information.

Key Dates:
Applicant Teleconferences:
May 1 - 8, 2015 (Details available at the website

Required Letters of Intent Due:
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Notification of LOI Decision:
by Friday, July 10, 2015

Invited Full Proposals Due:
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Additional Information:
For questions on program scope and priorities, please contact: Administrative questions regarding the application process may be directed to:

We also encourage you to review the Catalyst Award FAQ document on the website.

Thank you for your interest in this funding opportunity.

Sandra A Brown
Vice Chancellor for Research