It is the pleasure of Henry Brady, Former Dean of Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California Berkeley, to announce and solicit proposals in two topic areas as part of an exciting initiative for the state of California, called the California 100 Project.

This initiative, in collaboration with the University of California and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, seeks to provide a transformative vision for the state of California, with a focus on thirteen key interrelated issues that affect people and the planet alike.

It aims to articulate a strategy for California’s next 100 years that is grounded in systematic research and evidence, deeply engaged with Californians around the state, and guided by core values and commitments to innovation, resilience, inclusion, sustainability, and equity.

Topic Areas for Grants involve the Initiative, which is coordinated by the University of California and harnesses the talent of research centers across the state. They are seeking proposals in two distinct areas.

  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Business Climate, Corporate Governance, and Asset Formation in California

These two projects will complement thirteen projects nearing completion in these areas (see Full RFP’s Appendix 1 for a description of these areas) that are not part of this solicitation.   


For each topic area, California 100 will utilize the following Throughlines to evaluate the status quo and understand the future. 

  1. Resilience enables communities to bounce back from a range of natural and human-caused disasters.
  2. Advanced technology and innovation that improves private and public sector operations across various domains.  
  3. Inclusion–especially of traditionally marginalized groups such as communities of color, immigrants, inland regions, rural areas, and low-income communities–that deepens community involvement in identifying and implementing solutions.
  4. Sustainability that promotes health and well-being over multiple generations.
  5. Equity that ensures justice in the allocation of resources and life chances by race, ethnicity, gender, and gender expression, immigrant status, LGBTQ+ identity, and socioeconomic status.    


Each selected partner will receive up to $90,000 to complete these products from January to May 2022.  The deadline to apply is November 15th at 11:59 pmPST.  A Webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, October 20th, from 11:30, am – 12:30 pm to provide more details.

l about the initiative, review the application process and answer questions.  Those submitting proposals are required to attend the Webinar. If you cannot attend, please email   

Register here for October 20th. 

Who Should Apply: Any organization can apply, although preference will be given to organizations within the state of California and with deep knowledge of California.   

Questions: Please email the California 100 research team:  

Complete RFP: Please click here for the full supplemental RFP and the FAQs.