UC San Diego Breaks Record with $1.54B in Research Funding

UC San Diego is attended by more than 35,000 students. Photo by Chris Stone

During a year when much work around the world ground to a halt, researchers at the University of California San Diego were busy working on ways to better understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2; using data science to help predict wildfire behavior; and assessing the risks of weather extremes such as flooding and sea-level rise.

This work was supported by a record-breaking year of research funding.

In the fiscal year 2021 (July 1-June 30), UC San Diego earned $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding, a 6% increase over the previous year. This is the largest number ever for the university and marks the 12th consecutive year the campus earned more than $1 billion in funding to support its extensive research enterprise. 

“The power of scientific research to change lives has never been more apparent or more needed,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Despite the challenging circumstances of the pandemic, UC San Diego researchers expanded their efforts to explore the basis of human knowledge, address disparities in society, enrich human life, and understand and protect our planet.” 

Vice-Chancellor for Research Sandra A. added, “To reach a new funding milestone at a time when everyone faced unimaginable challenges of the pandemic is a testament to the resiliency and dedication of our researchers and the staff who support them. The research success underscores that UC San Diego is home to some of the most talented, innovative thinkers in the nation.”

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