Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility 

  • Principal Investigator (PI) status at one of the UC Noyce Initiative campuses. (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Francisco and UC Santa Barbara)
  • A researcher may only serve as PI on one application and may only participate in up to three awarded projects.
  • Current and previous UC Noyce Initiative award recipients are eligible to apply.

Review Criteria

Applications will undergo peer review by faculty from UC Noyce Initiative campuses in fields relevant to the thematic areas designated for that year.

The peer reviewers will assess applications on the following review criteria, which applicants are encouraged to consider when developing their proposals. The outcome from the review committee will be provided to the UC Noyce Initiative leadership who will finalize the award decisions, based on reviews, program priorities, campus strategies, and available funding.

Multi-Campus Partnership Awards

Scientific Merit (50% scoring weight) Are the proposed approaches and methodologies clearly outlined, scientifically rigorous, and appropriate for the proposed research? Is the problem being addressed important and timely? Is the proposed approach innovative? Are appropriate data protection/management systems in place? If the research involves human subjects, are necessary protections outlined and appropriate?

Impact (25% scoring weight) How impactful would the proposed research be in advancing knowledge, methodologies and/or technology in the indicated thematic area? What is the translational potential of the proposed research? What is the impact on society? How likely is the proposed research to impact follow-on funding?

Strength of the Collaboration (15% scoring weight): Does the collaboration across the partner campuses strengthen the proposed research? Is the partnership complementary and/or synergistic? Does the proposal outline a meaningful engagement plan across the participating campus partners?

Expertise and Capacity (10% scoring weight) Do the PIs have the experience and expertise to conduct the proposed research? Does the proposal have the appropriate levels of support and/or complementary expertise to complete the proposed research? Does the proposal outline that the collaboration has the needed equipment, space, or mechanisms in place to successfully achieve the stated goals? Is the requested budget and justification reasonable and appropriate for the successful completion of the research?

Single Campus Awards

Scientific Merit (50% scoring weight) Are the proposed approaches and methodologies clearly outlined, scientifically rigorous, and appropriate for the proposed research? Is the problem being addressed important and timely? Is the proposed approach innovative? Are appropriate data protection/management systems in place? If the research involves human subjects, are all necessary protections outlined and appropriate?

Impact (30% scoring weight) How impactful would the proposed research be in advancing knowledge, methodologies, technologies and society in the indicated thematic area? How likely is the proposed research to be sustainable or obtain follow-on funding after the completion of the outlined research? 

Expertise and Capacity (20% scoring weight) Does the PI have the experience and expertise to conduct the proposed research? Does the proposal have the appropriate levels of support and/or complementary expertise to complete the proposed research? Does the proposal outline that the applicant has the needed equipment, space, or mechanisms in place to successfully achieve the stated goals? Is the requested budget and justification reasonable and appropriate for the successful completion of the research?