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Organized Research Units

Organized Research Units (ORUs) promote multidisciplinary research and investigation across departments and divisions, providing a supportive infrastructure for endeavors that span diverse areas of academic interest.

The Vice Chancellors for Research, Health Sciences and Marine Sciences have primary oversight of the ORUs in their respective areas. The Vice Chancellor for Research consults closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor in managing the portfolio of general campus ORUs. 

Campus

  • BioCircuits Institute

    BioCircuits Institute

    BCI focuses on understanding the dynamic properties of biological regulatory circuits that control their homeostasis and signal responsiveness.
  • Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences

    Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences

    Areas of specialization include high-energy astrophysics, radio astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, solar physics and space plasma physics.
  • Center for Circadian Biology

    Center for Circadian Biology

    CCB's mission is to foster innovative research that reveals the mechanisms, general principles and applications of biological rhythms in diverse organisms.
  • Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

    Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

    CCIS is the only academic center in the U.S. specializing in international migration from a broad geographical as well as interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Center for Drug Discovery Innovation

    Center for Drug Discovery Innovation

    CDDI helps bring researchers' novel drug therapies to fruition by connecting promising projects with the information and capabilities needed to make real progress.
  • Center for Energy Research

    Center for Energy Research

    CER's mission is to create solutions for the growing challenges of energy supply, distribution and utilization through interdisciplinary research and education.
  • Center for Human Development

    Center for Human Development

    CHD provides resources to the university community with research interests in human development and promotes intellectual exchange among developmental scholars.
  • Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

    Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

    With great depth across the social sciences, humanities and medicine, CILAS serves as a meeting ground for scholars engaged in important cross-disciplinary work.
  • Center for Memory and Recording Research

    Center for Memory and Recording Research

    CMRR pushes the frontiers of scientific knowledge and engineering technology to meet society's need for high-performing, reliable and secure information storage systems.
  • Center for Research in Language

    Center for Research in Language

    Faculty, students and researchers come together to study the nature of language, how language is acquired and used, and the mediation of language in the human brain.
  • Center on Global Justice

    Center on Global Justice

    CGJ facilitates interdisciplinary research on poverty and global development, with an emphasis on collective action and real-world intervention on a community scale.
  • Food and Fuel for the 21st Century

    Food and Fuel for the 21st Century

    FF21 facilitates interdisciplinary research regarding the use of photosynthetic organisms for enhanced food production and energy.
  • Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

    Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

    HDSI develops underlying science and technology to understand and exploit digital data as it continues its integration into commerce, healthcare, government and education.
  • Institute of Engineering in Medicine

    Institute of Engineering in Medicine

    IEM's objective is to translate creative ideas into clinical medicine and novel products that will transform patient care and improve health and well-being.
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    IGCC addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through research and outreach on international security, economic development and the environment.
  • Institute for Neural Computation

    Institute for Neural Computation

    INC conducts R&D for a new generation of massive parallel computers in areas spanning neuroscience, AI, mathematics, economics and computer engineering.
  • Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

    Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

    KIBM supports research into the evolution and mechanisms of human cognition, from the brain's physical machinery to the experiences and behaviors called the mind.
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center

    San Diego Supercomputer Center

    SDSC is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services and expertise to the national research community.
  • Qualcomm Institute

    Qualcomm Institute

    QI prototypes / builds technologies (wireless, photonics, cyberinfrastructure and nano-MEMS) in four core areas to benefit society: culture, energy, environment and health. 

School of Medicine

Scripps Institution of Oceanography