Jan 3, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Central to UCI’s academic strength is our faculty’s ability to explore big ideas and discover new ways to collaborate across disciplines. The Chancellor and I are committed to building on this strength and encouraging faculty to channel their inspiration and creativity through cross-disciplinary research that addresses some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Over the past four years, the Academic Initiatives program has proven to be a catalyst for developing cross-discipline partnerships, research, educational programs, inclusive excellence, outreach and community engagement – all key elements in achieving UCI’s strategic goals. I am pleased to support the Academic Initiatives program for a fifth year.

Full program details and instructions are included on the Academic Planning website. Complete, team-based proposals are due to the Office of Academic Planning, via acadplan@uci.edu, by 10 a.m. PT on Monday, March 18, 2019. Please contact Vice Provost Judith Stepan-Norris at jstepann@uci.edu with any questions.


Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering