Shaping the Future
By leveraging our world-class strengths we will shape the future...
The UC Irvine Foundation is the driving force of the "Shaping the Future" campaign that aspires to raise $1 billion to support key initiatives that will help realize the campus’ vision for the future.

Foundation trustees share UC Irvine’s vision to be regarded among America’s top-10 public universities and believe that, in order to have a world-class community you must have a world-class university.

A vast array of influential national and international corporations have selected Orange County as the location for their headquarters, making Orange County the 25th-largest economy in the world and the second-largest county in California.

UCI Foundation CampaignMany of the chief executives of these companies serve on the University of California, Irvine Foundation board as trustees and ambassadors – providing their invaluable counsel and global perspective to the university.
The campaign was established by the foundation to support the overall strategic plan of the university. There are more than 50 different major initiatives in the campaign, and four overarching hallmarks of the university were identified by the foundation trustees in consultation with the university faculty and administration and the community.

UCI Foundation CampaignFaculty champions have teamed with foundation trustees to marshal support for these hallmarks – identifying key projects in each area that have already attracted international acclaim and interest for UC Irvine and are indentified as "key drivers" for each hallmark of the university.

The foundation wants UC Irvine to be defined by what it aspires to be, rather than the challenges it has already overcome. The foundation’s Shaping the Future Campaign is an expression of that ideal.


Our faculty and staff are making a difference. From understanding the chemistry of the atmosphere, and its impact on regional and global change, to the development of economically viable renewable energy sources, we are shaping our future quality of life.


  • National Fuel Research Center: Our researchers are developing alternative sources of sustainable energy and inventing technologies that use conventional resources more efficiently.
  • AirUCI: UCI’s integrated team of researchers, engineers and health scientists are working to solve air pollution, energy and climate problems, both locally and globally.
  • Sustainable Energy: Our research is providing practical answers to preserve and reclaim water, reduce air pollution and design energy systems with lighter environmental impact.


History is replete with stories of those who spotted change as it was happening and took advantage of new opportunities. As a creator of "Global Connections," UCI is doing the same to tackle the world's toughest challenges.


  • Center for Unconventional Security Affairs: Our worldwide network of experts is working to solve global challenges such as terrorism, pandemic diseases and disasters.
  • Center for Global Leadership: UCI faculty creates and disseminates research-based knowledge and tools that addresses the practical problems facing leadership and teams in an innovation-driven global economy.
  • John & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law:  We foster a bi-lateral, open and public platform for Chinese and American scholars, industry leaders, policy makers and practitioners to create a broader understanding of the policy, business, legal and related social/economic challenges and opportunities that engage and affect them.


Imagine a world without Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. A world where those paralyzed with major spinal cord injuries might walk again. UC Irvine stem cell specialists envision such a place and endeavor every day to move us closer to making it a reality.


  • Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center: Our stem cell specialists foresee a time when those paralyzed with major spinal cord injuries walk again.
  • Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center: UCI doctors perform innovative educational, basic, clinical and epidemiologic research into the causes, treatment and effects of cancer and allied diseases.
  • Gavin Herbert Eye Institute: Specialists at UCI in corneal disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other serious conditions aim for nothing less than to improve the visual health of people everywhere.


UCI is studying how people learn at all stages of life. It’s important in classrooms, for business competitiveness and to those who struggle to remember life’s most precious memories. Our faculty is achieving breakthroughs by advancing the frontiers of learning and the mind.


  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Our dedicated researchers have made considerable progress in understanding and treating this fatal brain disorder, giving hope to the estimated 5.3 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Frontiers in Mind, Brain and Behavior: UCI scientists are at the forefront of research on the brain, ranging from how it functions at the molecular and cellular level to its role in complex social interactions and critical decision making.
  • Huntington’s Disease: Our renowned clinic was established in 2005 and is the only center of its type between Los Angeles and San Diego that offers patients genetic testing, counseling and neurological care.
  • Brain Imaging Center: Our scientists – who lead a nationwide effort to improve brain imaging research on schizophrenia – are making significant strides and attracting worldwide attention.


Students should enjoy their time at UCI as they seek to grow as individuals, scholars, student-athletes  and future leaders. We provide an educational setting where the whole person can thrive academically, socially  and intellectually.


  • Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships: We are raising private funds for scholarships and fellowships so the best and brightest scholars and student-athletes can afford an education at the University of California.
  • Newkirk Alumni Center: Our new alumni center – built adjacent to the sports fields off Mesa Road – serves as a new ‘gateway’ to the UCI campus for returning alumni.
  • Campus Libraries: These ‘intellectual hubs’ are being transformed to reflect the 21st century’s digital revolution in the field of information management and access.
  • Athletic Facilities: We seek to align our nationally recognized intercollegiate athletic programs with first-class athletic facilities, so that UCI’s student-athletes can compete for NCAA Division I championships.

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