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2013 Research Funding Again in the Billion-Dollar Neighborhood

Research funding for 2013 at UC San Diego was just short of $1 billion, reaching $984,922,214 for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Total UC San Diego research funding for the same period last year was more than $1,010,000,000.

UC San Diego competed for and received more than $960 million dollars for research in fiscal year 2011. The university first surpassed the billion-dollar mark for research funding in 2010, bringing in more than $1,059,000,000.

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said that current levels of funding are especially impressive for having been achieved during tough economic times for the university, the state and the nation. “It is really a testament to the concerted efforts of many, many teams across campus,” he said, “and it shows that funding agencies see the need for the kinds of research we’re doing at UC San Diego.”

The funding supports research in medicine, the sciences, the arts, oceanography, engineering and other fields – research that UC San Diego is internationally recognized for translating into innovations, medical breakthroughs, jobs and new businesses in San Diego and California.

“Despite the effects of sequestration, this level of research funding reflects the dedicated effort of researchers in every discipline across campus,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown. “Faculty members and researchers are working harder than ever before. It proves that we compete very aggressively for available funding. It’s also evidence that our projects continue to earn the confidence of funding agencies.”

Along with impressive funding comes an institutional obligation to show taxpayers a good return on their investment, said Brown. “As a public institution, we expect our research enterprise to leverage these new resources in many ways to benefit our fellow citizens – as well as globally advantage the United States as a world leader in science, industry and the arts.”

UC San Diego faculty, alumni and staff have founded 156 active companies in San Diego County, generating more than $15.3 billion in annual sales. The university employs more than 18,000 employees and produces more than $20 billion in economic impact in San Diego County.