UC MEXUS-CONACYT Grants for Collaborative Projects

University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 25, 2020

Applicant type: Faculty College / University Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Mexico, Counties in California: Alameda County, Los Angeles County, Merced County, Orange County Expand all

University restriction: University of California System

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A Program Established Under the UC-CONACYT Agreement of Cooperation in Higher Education and Research, July 25, 1997

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) are pleased to announce a call for proposals to provide seed funding to teams of UC and Mexican researchers with beginning projects in basic and applied collaborative research, instructional development, and public service and education projects that apply research to public issues. The primary objective of the program is to enable the establishment of new collaborative initiatives with the potential for creating permanent ties between UC campuses and Mexican institutions that will grow and continue with the support of other institutional and extramural funds. Therefore, proposals for expansion or continuation of ongoing projects, as well as dissemination of research results of earlier work through binational conferences and publications, will be considered a lower priority.

Projects funded are expected to lead to development of major, long-term collaborations; significant advancement of scholarship in the natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences, social sciences, or humanities; strengthening of academic and research capabilities of the participating UC and Mexican institutions, especially in Mexican regional universities and institutions outside of the traditional Mexican research centers; the development of innovative binational instruction or new courses or degree programs; and/or public service and education programs addressing critical issues in Mexico or in the United States. The program also favors projects that enhance institutional collaboration in terms of student training and researcher exchange. Grant recipients are expected to use the seed funds to undertake the preliminary research necessary to develop proposals for extramural funding.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • $25,000 Maximum for up to 1.5 years.
  • Each proposal must be co-directed by an eligible Principal Investigator from a UC campus and an eligible Principal Investigator from a Mexican institution of higher education and/or research center that is part of the Registro Nacional de Instituciones y Empresas Científicas y Tecnológicas (RENIECYT).
  • Principal Investigators may submit only one proposal to this competition, and the same proposal may not be submitted to concurrent UC MEXUS or CONACYT grants competitions. The project may be connected to the UC MEXUS-CONACYT postdoctoral fellowship program. However the grant proposal must be unique, i.e., it may not be a copy of the proposal submitted to the fellowship program.
  • University of California Principal Investigators must meet eligibility criteria specified in the University of California Policy on Eligibility to Submit Proposals, Office of the President, Contract and Grant Manual, 1-530, Issued January 1, 1996.
    • The criteria authorize the submission of proposals for research or training contracts and grants by academic appointees in the following title groups:
      1. Members of the Academic Senate, including emeriti;
      2. Appointees in the Agronomist series, including emeriti;
      3. Appointees at 50 percent or more of full time in the Adjunct Professor series;
      4. Appointees at 50 percent or more of full time in the Clinical Professor series;
      5. Appointees at 50 percent or more of full time in the Professional Research series;
      6. Appointees at 50 percent or more of full time in the Cooperative Extension Specialist series.
  • Principal Investigators from Mexican institutions must meet eligibility criteria set forth by CONACYT, which specify that they must hold full time academic/research appointments in a Mexican institution of higher education and/or research that is part of the Registro Nacional de Instituciones y Empresas Científicas y Tecnológicas (RENIECYT) referred to in article 25, section II of the Law of Science and Tecnology (LCYT).
  • Allowable expenses include:
    • Domestic and international travel—including transportation, lodging, and meal expenses—for the purpose of meetings for project planning; collaborative research and training; field, laboratory and archival research; and data collection. Keep in mind that the program is intended to support the seed research phase of a project. As a result, conference attendance is given lower priority in the review process. If included, it should be limited to one meeting, no more than $500 per Co-P.I., and clearly directly related to the development of the project or the reporting of results.
    • Student research assistance for UC or Mexico students.
    • Supplies and services, including laboratory analyses and computing.


  • Principal Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals that include additional academic participants from U.S. and Mexican institutions other than their own.


  • Recipients of two or more awards from any UC MEXUS or UC MEXUS-CONACYT grants program (excluding small grants) within the previous five years (2012-2016) are not eligible to apply.
  • Postdoctoral researchers and students are not eligible. 
  • Items which will not be funded include:
    • Salary payments to Co-Principal Investigators or any other academic salaries, except student research assistants.
    • Student/academic fees or tuition for student assistants.
    • Equipment purchases in excess of $1,000 per item.
    • Indirect costs or institutional overhead assessments.