Internal Funding

Internal funding opportunities (those managed by UCLA or other UC campuses) are one resource for the campus community to support its engagement in research and creative activities.

Internal Funding Database

The Research Enhancement Office (REO) maintains a collection of funding opportunities managed by UCLA and other UC campuses that are open to members of the UCLA campus community. If you notice that we are missing an internal funding opportunity, please let us know by filling out this form.

Internal Funding Database

Internal Funding & Award Mechanisms Managed By Our Office

The Office for Research & Creative Activities (ORCA) supports a number of internal funding mechanisms (click title for full information): 


The UCLA Chancellor's Arts Initiative (Proposals Due: November 8, 2021)

The Arts Initiative was established in 2006 as an annual program designed to foster the advancement of the arts and arts-related scholarship at UCLA. To date, more than one hundred projects across the arts and humanities have been supported by Arts Initiative funding. The purpose of Arts Initiative funding is to support UCLA faculty’s arts-based research, recognizing and supporting the value of creative activities in the arts, both for the university and for communities beyond academia.


Racial and Social Justice Seed Grants (Proposals Due: March 31, 2021)

 As part of the Rising to the Challenge initiative outlined by Chancellor Block and EVC/Provost Carter, the Institute for American Cultures in collaboration with the Office for Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) will administer $250,000 in seed research grants (up to $30,000 per award) on racial inequities and racial justice. The grants are designed to help launch and support research projects demonstrably centered on exploring the sources and consequences of racial inequities and social justice. 


Transdisciplinary Research Acceleration Grants (Proposals Due: March 31, 2021)

Seed funding is available to catalyze transdisciplinary research and creative activities by supporting early stage projects (up to $30,000 per award) with the specific goal of facilitating investigators’ chances for attaining extramural funding. Proposals must represent a research collaboration from at least two distinctly different disciplines, with preference given to projects led by a “north campus” PI and/or projects that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the research enterprise.


Public Impact Research Awards (Nominations or Nomination Updates Due: April 30, 2021)

To recognize Senate faculty whose research and/or other creative work has had a significant scientific, social, cultural, political, or other form of public benefit (locally, nationally, or globally). Multiple awards will be made in the amount of $10,000 each, shared across “north” and “south” campus. Nominations from last year’s call were deferred to this year due to the pandemic, and they will be evaluated as part of this year’s nomination pool. 

Opportunities from Previous Cycles:

Collaborative Research Mobility Awards between UCLA and the University of British Columbia (Proposals Due: February 3, 2020)

Funding up to $15k is available to establish or enrich interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty at UCLA and University of British Columbia (UBC). The purpose of the awards is to foster deeper linkages between the two universities through collaborative workshops, trainings, and short-term visits, aimed at developing grant proposals for joint project funding and/or joint research outputs.


View Archived Internal Funding Mechanisms