Institutional Research and Academic Planning
IRAP collaborates with campuses and with various UCOP divisions, including the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the UCOP Office of Research & Graduate Studies in analyzing the award and expenditure data to ensure that UC's efforts to secure external support for these critical activities continue to be successful. IRAP also collaborates with campuses and with various UCOP divisions, including the Innovation Alliances and Services in examining how UC research leads to innovation.
Summary metrics can be found in the Research Chapter of the UC Accountability Report (Chapter 9).
Research content and analysis is separated into the two categories below:
- Awards and expenditures
- Innovations and Commercialization
An overview of sponsored project funding at UC and an introduction to the topic briefs that profile federal, state, corporate and non-profit sponsored project funding.
Many of the significant discoveries made by UC researchers originated with federally funded, basic research. The University of California is the nation’s largest recipient of federal funding for academic research, with about $3 billion in awards each year.
The University of California is an integral part of the operations of California state agencies, providing research expertise, institutional support of social service delivery, education program development and environmental monitoring.
More than half of the funds that UC receives from corporate sponsors are for clinical trial research, which represents the final stage in the journey from a scientific discovery to an effective treatment.
Non-profit organizations provide UC with funding to support specific causes, humanitarian efforts and areas of research that might otherwise receive little governmental or corporate support.
Campuses and other UC divisions submit information on contract & grant proposals and awards on a quarterly basis.
Each year, the University of California receives an average of about $4.5 billion in research contracts and grants from a combination of federal, state, corporate, non-profit and other private sponsors, including other research universities.
Obtaining federal grant funds has become increasingly competitive. This analysis assesses UC's success with securing federal grants over the past serveral years.
IRAP is responsible for coordinating the submission of NSF R&D Survey data for all UC campuses, as well as the Office of the President.
The current federal budget call for two years of enhanced appropriations to support academic research & development. These increases could add as much as $186 million annually to UC's federally funded research activity.
A variety of project types are included in the award and proposal data. In addition to research, project types include training, public service, material transfer agreements, equipment and certain scholarships and fellowships. Clinical trials are included in the larger “Research” category, and are separately selectable.
A map of UC's impact in California through its research endeavors, including technology licenses, startups, vendor support and research employee earnings.
UC technology commercialization benefits the public by transforming UC inventions into innovative products and economic impacts.
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