Interested in submitting a Strategic Research Project proposal?


Proposals must be led by a UC principal investigator (PI) and include collaborators from at least one other UC campus and at least one partner institution in Mexico. Alianza MX can assist with identifying collaborators across the UC system as well as at Mexican partner institutions.


Proposal submissions can request up to $200,000 USD in seed funding over a period of up to 24 months. Funds can support field research, conferences and workshops, and project staff, but may not be used to cover overhead or indirect costs.

Proposals must be submitted with support from the PI’s campus Vice Chancellor of Research and Office of Sponsored Projects, and must identify specific roles for each collaborator from another UC campus or from a Mexican partner institution. A copy of the application form is available on the Resources page.

For questions on current Strategic Research Projects or inquiries regarding proposal submissions, please contact

Strategic Research Projects

Electrification of Transport: Challenges and Opportunities for the US-Mexico Transportation Industry

This project supports the Mexico-US High-level Task Force for the Electrification of Transport, established in 2022 to develop a managed industry transition that ensures prosperity, competitiveness, and inclusion for the US-Mexico auto industry.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gil Tal, UC Davis

UC Collaborators: UC Riverside

MX Collaborators: Benémerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Colegio de Sonora, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla

Strategic Research Projects

Economics of US-Mexico Migration: Policies, Opportunities for Employment, and Economic Growth

This project proposes policies and actions that will maximize the growth and employment potential of immigrant workers, students, and professionals, as well as to evaluate their impact on the communities where they live. It is also creating a binational graduate program on the economics of international migration.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Giovanni Peri, UC Davis 

UC Collaborators: UC Berkeley, UC Merced

MX Collaborators: Colegio de México, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Strategic Research Projects

Water Resources Management: Improving Climate-Extreme Resilience in Mexico and the United States

This project uses case studies from California and Mexico to explore promising water management alternatives for agriculture, ecosystems, and communities in response to climate extremes, with a strong emphasis on groundwater.


Principal Investigator: Dr. José Medellín-Azuara, UC Merced

UC Collaborators: UC Davis, UC Los Angeles

MX Collaborators: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Universidad de las Américas – Puebla, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Strategic Research Projects

Bio-Regional Planning: Climate Action Research, Planning and Design in Cali-Baja

This project reinforces efforts to complete a bio-regional action plan for the Cali-Baja Bioregion spanning the US-Mexico Border and Tribal lands (the Cali-Baja BioREGPlan 2030). The Plan’s ultimate purpose is to identify and document transformational change that can benefit people and communities vulnerable to the climate emergency.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Keith Pezzoli, UC San Diego

UC Collaborators: UC Davis, UC Los Angeles

MX Collaborators: Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Additional Information

Alianza MX is currently accepting proposals for additional Strategic Research Projects.
The application for Strategic Research Projects can be found here.

For questions on the scope and administration of ongoing Strategic Research Projects, or for inquiries regarding proposals, please contact Aaron Melaas, Alianza MX Associate Director for Research & Innovation.