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Photo collage of researchers at UC San Diego


About Research and Innovation

As one of the world's top public research universities, UC San Diego is home to renowned faculty, dedicated staff and motivated students passionate about using research as a foundation to make the planet healthier and improve the lives of people around the globe.

For each of the past 13 years, UC San Diego has earned more than $1 billion in research funding—more than a quarter of the university's total budget. In 2023, the total was $1.76 billion.

Research Affairs supports the campus's ambitious research goals with high-quality expertise and services. It is comprised of support, compliance and academic research. This includes everything from managing contracts and grants to facilitating government relations and international outreach; from spurring innovation and commercialization to supporting postdoctoral scholars.

We do all this and more to support UC San Diego's goal of giving the best and the brightest the tools they need to change the world.


UC San Diego Research By The Numbers


In research spending (FY23)


Best public school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2023)


"Golden Age" university in the world (Times Higher Education, 2019)



In U.S. for contributions to social mobility, research and public service for 10 of the past 11 years, Washington Monthly (2021)


Research centers on campus


Years of $1 billion+ in research spending