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UCI’s Office of Academic Planning supports initiatives that apply innovative research, teaching and engagement across disciplinary boundaries to solve grand challenges. The School of Biological Sciences has played a significant role in starting several of these initiatives and turning them into established centers and programs at UCI.

Exercise Medicine and Sport Sciences Initiative

The initiative promotes scholarly activities and discoveries in all fields associated with movement, including exercise and sport sciences, exercise medicine and rehabilitation.

UCI Education Research Initiative

A multidisciplinary community of people who care about improving the educational experiences of our students, particularly underrepresented minorities, first-generation, and low income students.

UCI Brain Initiative (UCI Brain)

UCI Brain aims to advance brain science and education through four cross-cutting themes: the healthy brain, the computation brain, the social brain, and the artistic brain.

UCI Microbiome Initiative

The initiative seeks to create cross-disciplinary collaboration to better understand microorganisms in our bodies, soil, and oceans that are essential to human and environmental health.

UCI Oceans

UCI Oceans tackles pressing marine and on-shore environmental concerns by pursuing ocean research at both global and local scales and providing educational opportunities.

UCI Sustainability

Integrative solutions for critical challenges facing society while addressing social, cultural, and economic needs and protecting the beauty and resources of the natural world.

Water UCI

Water UCI facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy.