UCSD Receives Record-Setting $1.16 Billion in Research Funding in Past Year

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UC San Diego received a record $1.16 billion in research funding in the fiscal year ended June 30, school officials reported Friday.

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The total ranked fifth among colleges in the U.S., and set a new high for the second year in a row.

“This year’s record-setting research funding is a credit to our innovative and visionary faculty, who are breaking boundaries and shaping new discoveries on a daily basis,” Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. “Their work is essential in addressing the world’s most pressing issues and solving our most complex problems in order to benefit humankind and our planet.”

Grants from federal agencies totaled nearly $693 million, with the largest contributions coming from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, according to UCSD.

“Federal government-funded research is a cornerstone of the work we do at UC San Diego,” said Sandra Brown, vice chancellor of research.

“These grants are crucial in allowing our talented faculty to take on projects of national importance that drive economic prosperity, advance health care, and improve environmental sustainability,” Brown said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to do this important work.”

More funding came from the state of California, or from private industry or organizations, school officials said.

The majority of the revenue — nearly $660 million — was earned by health sciences, which includes the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Academic Affairs earned $284 million for the school’s academic divisions and organized research units. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography was awarded over $143 million.

UCSD said its researchers have applied for more than 4,700 grants, with a value of over $4 billion, that will be awarded during the coming year.

–City News Service

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