UROP Special Calls for Proposals

In addition to the regular Fall Call for Proposals, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and other initiatives are collaborating for three special calls of proposals. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply.

UROP is collaborating with UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative, the UCI eSports Initiative, and the Living Peace Foundation for the following proposals:

Women’s Empowerment:  

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include:

  1. Mentorship and leadership development
  2. Navigation of multiple roles
  3. Disparities in health care (women’s health across the lifespan)
  4. Psychological health of women (gender and socialization of women, self-efficacy, and self-esteem)
  5. Women and athletics
  6. Violence against women
  7. Queer/feminist theory
  8. Gender, culture and social change
  9. Sociology of law
  10. Women and sexuality
  11. Women’s contribution to the economic marketplace
  12. Women’s career development.  

Funded in part by the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which has a primary goal of serving and empowering the next generation of women leaders in a global society through educational programming, leadership opportunities, research and scholarship.

Computer Gaming:  

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include:

  1. Multidisciplinary research projects encompassing computer gaming and related academic areas and applications, such as programming, design, cognitive or behavioral studies, neurobiology, and education.  
  2. How these studies will help us see the world differently through immersive visualization and virtual tours, allow us to interact and socialize with global communities and understand and create technology and applications that enrich and help us learn more about each other and improve our quality of life.  
  3. Computer games and applications help children with autism learn more effectively and lessen the impacts of aging on learning and memory.
  4. How they represent new performance art and author a new media history of artificial worlds.
  5. How they offer novel insights on how humans interact with computers, and with each other in virtual environments.

Funded in part by the UCI eSports initiative, which is built on four pillars of competition, academics, entertainment, and community.


Living Peace:  

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include:

  1. How living peace shifts economic and cultural climates
  2. How we continue to improve our understanding of the relationship between personal transformation and social change
  3. How to strengthen the bond between empathy and personal resilience
  4. How to encourage and sustain a culture of living peace across the entire UCI campus.  

Funded in part by the Living Peace Foundation, which encourages people to find their purpose, discover their own gifts, and share them with the world.

Proposals in response to the special or regular calls for proposals must be complete and submitted online by Monday, November 7, 2016.

The project title for special proposals should start with “Special Call:” and the proposal should elaborate on relevance of the proposed project to one of the themes listed above.  Proposals will be reviewed by the UROP Faculty Advisory Board.


This special call will fund requests up to $1,000 for individual projects, and up to $2,500 for group projects that involve multiple students.

Funds can be used to: support such expenditures as the purchase of materials and supplies, research-related travel, and the costs incurred in the presentation of research or creative activities.

These funds cannot support major hardware purchases, salaries or stipends, or travel expenditures only.

Proposals requiring no funding, or receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources, may be submitted for an Honorary Fellowship. Supported projects will be highlighted at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, and recognized at a special reception, both scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017.

For more information about the Proposals click here, to apply click here.