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UC awards $16.4M in grants to address climate change, health inequities

A dust storm in Salton City, California, Oct. 6, 2022. (Credit: National Weather Service San Diego)

This year, 21 exciting new projects are being funded through $16.4 million in grants from UC’s Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI). Awarded every two years through a highly competitive application process, the MRPI program leverages the renowned research capabilities of the UC system to develop real-world solutions to significant problems facing California and the world. To be eligible, applications must draw on multidisciplinary academic expertise from at least three campuses. This year, 96 applications were received. Since 2009, the University has made over 120 MRPI grants totaling over $155 million and involving more than 730 UC faculty members. More than a quarter of that funding has been devoted to projects related to climate.

“The MRPI grant program fuels discoveries in areas that are critical to the lives of Californians and the future of the state,” said Dr. Theresa Maldonado, Ph.D., UC’s vice president for Research & Innovation. “By drawing on the expertise of researchers from diverse disciplines and campuses, the MRPI program taps into UC’s collective strength to help California find solutions to its most pressing needs.”

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