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Vice Chancellor
for Research
With all of the rankings that have been recently announced, UC Davis certainly has a lot to be proud of. I would like to add one more distinction to this list by announcing that we nearly matched our all-time record for annual research funding, garnering $845.5 million in fiscal year 2018-19, just $1.2 million shy of the record.

A significant contributor to our growth in research funding over the last few years has come from collaborative interdisciplinary research. We see this trend continuing and the impact mounting. Just this week we announced the launch of four new research centers that will receive a combined $4 million from our latest initiative, known as Inter- & Multidisciplinary Program to Accelerate Convergence & Translation or IMPACT Program. This program promotes new, sustainable, inter- and multidisciplinary research activity that responds to society’s greatest challenges and needs. We will have a launch event on October 23 rd to share the vision for each center and discuss ways to collaborate.

As you look to advance your research programs, I would like to draw your focus to the recently released federal FY 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities and look for opportunities to align your strategy with the areas targeted within. These include national security, industries of the future, advanced communication networks and autonomy, and energy and environmental leadership.

As always, I encourage you to engage with our office to explore ways in which we can help you achieve your research goals. You will also find several specific opportunities highlighted below.
Funding Opportunities for Collaborative Research

NSF Partnerships for Innovation Program
The Partnerships for Innovation Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.
NSF Convergence Accelerator
The NSF Convergence Accelerator aims to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance, and initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals in specific convergence topics (tracks). 
NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams
This funding opportunity is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators.
How to Submit a Successful NSF Major Research Instrumentation Proposal
The Office of Research is hosting a round table discussion with recent campus awardees of the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant program. Hear their advice about submitting a successful proposal.
September 17 from 1:00 to 2:0 0
McClellan Nuclear Research Center Open House
Tour the McClellan Nuclear Research Center and learn about their various research capabilities including state-of-the-art neutron imaging, neutron activation analysis, radiation hardness testing and radioisotope applications.
September 18 from 12:30 to 2:30
Venture Catalyst SBIR/STTR Knowledge Exchange: Opportunity to Hear from NCI Program Director
This talk will offer an opportunity for participants to engage with the National Cancer Institute’s Small Business Innovation Research (NCI SBIR) Development Center which provides funding, networking and mentoring assistance to small businesses with innovative cancer technology projects.
September 26 from 2:30 to 3:30
Muir Institute Fall Kickoff Reception
Learn about the Muir Institute's latest initiatives and meet the class of 2019 fellows.
October 1 from 3:00 to 5:00
Feminist Research Institute Open House
Visit the Feminist Research Institute's new office, meet the team and learn about how you can collaborate on new research initiatives. Remarks will be provided by Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Renetta Tull and Provost Ralph Hexter.
October 1 from 3:00 to 6:00
Policy & Popcorn: What A Policy Fellowship Can Do For You
Policy & Popcorn is a recurring monthly series of talks and discussions hosted by the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. This session will explore how policy fellowships can provide early-career scientists with invaluable experience in the policy world. 
October 7 from 2:00 to 3:30
IMPACT Research Center Program Launch Event
The Office of Research recently announced the launch of four new research centers: Data Science Center; Gene Therapy Center; Global Migration Center; and Perinatal Origins of Disparities Center. Come learn about the vision for each center and discuss opportunities for collaboration.
October 23 from 4:00 to 5:30
School of Medicine Research Expo
The School of Medicine's Research Expo provides a unique opportunity for research faculty and staff to explore the services, facilities and programs available to support them.
October 23 9:00 to 12:00
Other Office of Research Resources and Support
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