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research at UCSD

Research Affairs

UC San Diego recently ranked 5th in the nation for annual federal research and development spending. We excel in both traditional scholarly disciplines and fields that cross these disciplines, such as neuroscience, nanoscience, and climate science.

UC San Diego researchers consistently earn international acclaim. They include Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, members of the National Academies, and recipients of MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

For information, visit the Office of Research Affairs

Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff have online tools, forms, pre- and post-award guidelines, funding sources, and ethics and safety regulations at their fingertips. Running a name or topic search instantly puts our researchers in touch with experts in all disciplines.

Find out more about research for faculty and staff.


Students can link to hands-on research opportunities, scholarship and grant applications, and information about conferences and seminars. They also benefit from faculty mentoring in many areas, including writing and presenting professional papers.