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:

  1. Awards and expenditures
  2. Innovations and Commercialization

Awards and expenditures

Sponsored project funding at UC January 2018 PDF

January 2018

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.

Federal research funding January 2018 PDF

January 2018

A newly updated topic brief. 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.

California state agency partnerships January 2018 PDF

January 2018

A newly updated topic brief. 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.

Corporate research funding January 2018 PDF

January 2018

A newly updated topic brief. 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 research funding January 2018 PDF

January 2018

A newly updated topic brief. 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.

Quarterly sponsored project reports

IRAP webpage

Campuses and other UC divisions submit information on contract & grant proposals and awards on a quarterly basis.

UC research award history

UC Information Center

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.

Federal proposal success January 2017 PDF

January 2017

Obtaining federal grant funds has become increasingly competitive. This analysis assesses UC's success with securing federal grants over the past serveral years.

National Science Foundation Research & Development (R&D) Survey

IRAP webpage

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.

UC and the Federal Budget May 2016 PDF

May 2016

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.

Awards and proposals

UC Information Center

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.

Innovations and Commercialization

UC Research: Impacts in California PDF

A map of UC's impact in California through its research endeavors, including technology licenses, startups, vendor support and research employee earnings.

UC's inventions at a glance

UC Information Center

UC technology commercialization benefits the public by transforming UC inventions into innovative products and economic impacts.

IRAP experts and requests for additional information

IRAP experts: Research

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