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UC Merced Oxygen Fund


Graduating with a great idea?

Take flight with the UC Merced Oxygen Fund. The Oxygen Fund is designed to help bring your idea, invention, business, class project, capstone, venture, or hackathon idea to the next step. This award is meant to give you oxygen, or breathing room, to spend time pursuing and developing your project. Through this grant, you can receive mentoring and financial support to give you runway. If you don’t design the future, who will?

Who should apply?

UC Merced undergraduate students graduating in May 2022 or UC Merced undergraduate alumni who graduated in Fall 2021, with plans to explore the viability of a project with well-defined and quantifiable goals and a target audience or user base. Open to any major.




Additional Information

Up to two Oxygen Fund awards will be granted, and recipients will receive up to $3,000.
Each project is limited to submitting to two funding cycles.
Applications are accepted twice a year (spring and fall semesters). 

Application process:

Written application

  • Applications can be submitted at any time before Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Applicants will be given feedback and notified if they are advancing to the next stage by early May 2022.

Live presentation and Q&A

  • Applicants will deliver presentations and answer questions from the review team in mid May 2022.
  • Applicants will be notified within three weeks.

Scoring Sheet for applications

Please contact Stephanie Sia at with any questions