Joint Calls for Research Proposals

UC-UNAM Call for Proposals 2023

Climate Resilience and Challenges for Urban and Rural Areas

Alianza MX launched a joint call for research proposals with the Universidad Nacional

Autónoma de México (UNAM) in February 2023. Proposal submissions are required to include at least three PIs, including at least two from the UC, and selected projects were eligible for up to USD $50,000 in total funding per year over two years.

Interested in submitting a Collaborative Research Proposal in 2023?


Proposals must include principal investigators (PIs) from two UC campuses and include at least one principal investigator from UNAM. Please contact Alianza MX for assistance with identifying potential collaborators.


Proposal submissions can request up to $50,000 USD in funding for research activities over two years, but funds may not be used to cover overhead or indirect costs. Additional funding support is available for travel to binational workshops.


Proposal submissions must
include all required components outlined in the
call and must be submitted
no later than March 15 to both and

For questions on the Call for Collaborative Research Proposals or inquiries regarding potential collaborators, please contact

Joint Calls for Research Proposals

UC-Cinvestav Call for Proposals 2022

Agriculture, Plant Genomics, Marine Sciences, and Health

Alianza MX launched a joint call for research proposals with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) in September 2022. Proposal submissions were required to include at least three PIs, including at least two from either Cinvestav or the UC, and selected projects were eligible for up to USD $100,000 in total funding over two years.

Following evaluation of the proposal submissions by a binational review committee, two were selected for funding support. Please see below for details and check back here soon for updates on these exciting new joint research projects.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. R. David Britt, Dept of Chemistry, UC Davis

Dr. Glenn L. Millhauser, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Liliana Quintanar Vera, Dept of Chemistry and Center for Research in Aging, Cinvestav Zacatenco

Dr. José Segovia Vila, Physiology, Dept of Biophysics & Neuroscience, Cinvestav Zacatenco

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Maribel Hernandez-Rosales, Dept of Bioinformatics & Complex Systems, Cinvestav Irapuato

Dr. Gabriela Olmedo-Álvarez, Dept of Molecular Biology & Microbial Ecology, Cinvestav Irapuato

Dr. Adam Olshen, Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UC San Francisco

Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez-Verdugo, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Joint Calls for Research Proposals

UC-UNAM Special Call

Binational Collaborative Projects Addressing COVID-19

Alianza MX launched a Special Call in 2020 with support from UC MEXUS, the UC Berkeley Health Initiative of the Americas, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), through its Coordinación de Vinculación y Transferencia Tecnológica (CVTT) and InnovaUNAM. A second round of the call was launched in 2021 to provide additional funding support for a subset of projects from the first round. Research projects were required to promote binational collaboration by including at least one principal investigator from the UC and at least one principal investigator from UNAM.

Phase I of the Special Funding Call received 137 proposals. These included 25 in the biomedical sciences, 32 in health systems, and 59 on the social and economic consequences of the pandemic, while an additional 21 proposals covered multiple topics. Researchers, academics, and students from more than 40 UNAM entities and nine campuses of the University of California participated. A total of 19 projects were selected to each receive USD $5,000 in funding support.

In October 2021, Phase I projects were invited to submit proposals for a second funding stage. From the initial group of 19 projects, 12 submitted proposals for Phase II, with special consideration given to the possibility of licensing technology or establishing new companies that could help secure additional funding. Five projects were selected to each receive USD $25,000 in funding support.