Vice Chancellor for Research


Sandra A. Brown

Welcome to the wide world of research at UC San Diego. As you'll see from the diverse array of organizations and functions we oversee or support, the Office of Research Affairs plays a key role in the university's billion-dollar research enterprise. From our innovative and interdisciplinary Organized Research Units to the offices which manage the incredibly complex business of contracts and grants, we work, often behind the scenes, to ensure that faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff and students have the resources they need to excel in scholarship, research and discovery.

The Office of Research Affairs provides value-added services that help our scholars and scientists compete for, win, and administer grants; streamlines administrative processes; oversees key research collaborations; helps speed discoveries to the marketplace; builds partnerships with industry and other institutions; and helps bring the next generation of researchers into our classrooms and labs.

Help Support Our University – And Others

As a member or friend of one of the top public research universities in the nation, you undoubtedly know how federal government-funded research has been crucial to driving our economic prosperity and competitiveness; advancing health and conquering diseases; addressing environmental sustainability and enhancing quality of life; and ensuring national security.

Please help ensure that UC San Diego and our sister campuses can continue to address the scientific, technological and health challenges facing California and the nation by reaching out to your members of Congress and asking them to support investments in federal research funding.

Thank you for your support of our university and all University of California campuses. Add your voice here.

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Research News

OpEd by VC Sandra Brown | How federal budget cuts threaten San Diego economy

In recent weeks, three prestigious organizations published rankings that underlined the powerful impact UC San Diego’s research enterprise has had on our regional economy. This week, The Times Higher Education named UC San Diego the fifth best public university in the world. That followed the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which placed UC San Diego fourth among U.S. public universities on the strength of its research achievements, and the journal Nature, which ranked UC San Diego the world’s 14th best university for research activities that create products or services that benefit society and spur economic growth. Read more here.

Tata Institute for Genetics and Society Advances with Building Naming, Inaugural Chair Holders

UC San Diego celebrated the dedication of a new building for the divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences on Sept. 12 with a special announcement. The cutting-edge science building will bear the name Tata Hall for the Sciences, or Tata Hall, in recognition of a $70 million gift from the Tata Trusts, which was committed last year to create the binational Tata Institute for Genetics and Society.

The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, established as a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India, will occupy the fifth floor of Tata Hall. The institute’s mission is the advancement of global science and technology through socially conscious means to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from public health to agriculture. Read more here. 

UC San Diego Earns National Recognition for Economic Partnerships


The University of California San Diego has been named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, a designation that fewer than 60 universities nationwide have achieved. Read more here.