Skip to main content

geisel library

Our Mission

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.

Our mission is to support, facilitate and promote world-class research at UC San Diego by: 

  • Optimizing services to compete for and win grants
  • Speeding our discoveries to the marketplace
  • Building research collaborations and partnerships with industry and other institutions
  • Supporting the next generation of researchers in our classrooms and labs
  • Continuous improvement of administrative and regulatory systems, and processes to manage risk