OASIS: An Initiative by UCR to Foster Innovation for Social Good

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Oct 16, 2021



What is OASIS?

Opportunities to Advance Sustainability, Innovation, and Social Inclusion, or OASIS, is an innovation park by UCR. It will serve as a hub of innovation, incubation, and research in the areas of clean energy, social mobility, intelligent transportation, agriculture, and natural resources management.

UCR is making OASIS in close collaboration with Riverside County, City of Riverside, Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and several on- and off-campus stakeholders.

It will have shared facilities and incubator space for technology transfer and startup creation activities. In a nutshell, OASIS will be UCR’s innovation outpost and an umbrella entity to take UCR’s research, innovation, and entrepreneurial work ahead.

The innovation hub will provide appropriate training to the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders; create high-paying jobs and new start-up companies; and help invigorate the region’s economy.

OASIS Innovation Park

About OASIS Campus

The State of California has provided $15 million for site acquisition and Phase 1 of OASIS building. To bring OASIS to life in a way that is closest to its vision, UCR has hired Brailsford and Dunlavey, a consulting firm that specializes in planning, development, and management of community projects for colleges and universities, municipalities, and sports venues.

The consulting firm will help build the feasibility of OASIS campus.

UCR plans to have several facilities in the OASIS innovation park including:

  • Laboratories
  • Community space
  • Integrated office and retail space
  • Training and public outreach center
  • Industry collaboration and visitor center
  • Incubator Space for entrepreneurial support
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Scope of OASIS

The initial scope of programs and activities of OASIS will be focused around five verticals which include:

  • Clean transportation and infrastructure
  • Clean energy and fuels
  • Agriculture technology and food security
  • Community health
  • Natural resource management

And, from the programs perspective, OASIS will launch initiatives for:

  1. Research and innovation
  2. Research park and test beds
  3. Education and workforce development
  4. Company incubation and pilot projects
  5. Science to policy center

OASIS and California Air Resources Board (CARB)

UCR is also coordinating its efforts with the California Air Resources Board, or CARB under its OASIS innovation park.

Oasis And Carb
Image Credit: OASIS

Cleantech Park

The first building or facility that OASIS will house is a cleantech park which will have laboratory facilities from CE-CERT, also called the Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT).

Startempire Wire’s Take on OASIS

We have been reporting on grants, funding, and other entrepreneurial ventures of UCR. The university is at the leading edge of making Riverside the go-to-place for research, startups, and science. It recently the following grants from various organizations:

With that being said, this is a huge multiyear project and will involve a lot to be reported on. It will also involve various stakeholders whom we will try to interview to bring more insights and clarity to you about this project.

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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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