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 projects at the University of California November 2017 PDF

November 2017

UC’s research and social service missions are supported through contracts and grants awarded by a diverse combination of federal, state and private sponsors. In 2016-17, sponsored projects brought over $6 billion to UC, representing nearly one-fifth of the University’s revenues.

Quarterly research 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.

California state agency partnerships October 2016 PDF

October 2016

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.

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.

Non-profit project funding November 2016 PDF

November 2016

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.

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.

Federal Research Funding October 2016 PDF

October 2016

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.

Corporate Research Funding November 2016 PDF

November 2016

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.

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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