Internal Funding

The following is a non-exhaustive list of internal funding opportunities offered by UCI schools, centers and other units...

Looking for Bridge Funding?

The 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.

UCI Seed Funding Program

The UCI Seed Funding Program is managed by the Office of Research and is typically run annually. The program supports promising research directions where internal seed level investment can lead to externally funded research programs. In recent years, the program has been used to support the pursuit of center-scale external funding (e.g. NIH P30, P50, PPG and SPORE programs, the NSF ERC, STC, MRSEC, CCI, etc.), with an emphasis on convergence (multidisciplinary team) projects.  The focus of the program may change year-to-year at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Research and in response to campus priorities.

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.

Looking for  current internal opportunities? serves as a clearinghouse for open limited and internal funding opportunities.

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 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.

UCI Humanities Commons: Research (call in Winter quarter)

UCI Humanities Commons: Conference Travel (call in Winter quarter)

UCI Humanities Commons: Dean’s Mid-Career Manuscript Workshop (call in winter quarter)