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UC Big Ideas is an early-stage innovation competition that provides up to $20,000 in funding as well as skill development resources, networks, and recognition to interdisciplinary teams who have creative solutions to pressing social challenges.

Now in its 16th year, the Big Ideas Contest supports innovative and high-impact student initiatives aimed at improving society. Open to all 10 University of California campuses, Big Ideas attracts an exceptionally diverse pool of undergraduate and graduate students across more than 85 academic disciplines.

Through workshops, advising, networks and mentorship, each year Big Ideas helps students develop sound proposals, implementation plans, and pitches for their ventures. The Contest provides the necessary connections, validation and seed funding to help kickstart winners’ ideas and prepare them to become viable candidates for additional funding and competitive opportunities.

UCI Students: Fill out the interest form to get updates about Big Ideas including info sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and other resources!

UCI Interest Form

Want to see if your idea is a good fit? Contact the UC Irvine Innovation Ambassador Kyra Trinh at kyrat1@uci.edu!