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
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.
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.
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.
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 organizations provide UC with funding to support specific causes, humanitarian efforts and areas of research that might otherwise receive little governmental or corporate support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IRAP experts: Research
Charles Drucker | Ryan Chan | Vincent Cook
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