As a billion-dollar research enterprise situated in the heart of one of the most densely concentrated innovation hubs in the nation, UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society—from climate science and the human microbiome to nanotechnology and social mobility.

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We are not afraid to take a chance on an unlikely idea. Our penchant for experimentation has led us to reimagine the world.

Annual research funding tops $1 billion

16 Nobel laureates have taught on campus

Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide

2,900+ active inventions

1,870+ total active U.S and foreign patents

650+ companies launched by and/or utilizing technology produced by faculty, staff and alumni

5th in the nation for total research expenditures

National Science Foundation

6th in the nation for total research output


Twenty-two UC San Diego scientists and physicians are among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”

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How 3D Printing Could
One Day Save Lives

UC San Diego engineers have 3D printed devices ranging from rocket engines, to robots, to structures inspired by the seahorse’s tail. Now, nanoengineers have added a new item to that list: a 3D printed blood vessel network.

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Breakthroughs in the News

UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery

Feb 23, 2017

UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery

A Pendant Fit for a King

February 23, 2017

A Pendant Fit for a King

New Grant Boosts UC San Diego-Led Malaria Research Program

February 17, 2017

New Grant Boosts UC San Diego-Led Malaria Research Program

Real-Life Opportunities

Realize your entrepreneurial goals. Explore research opportunities and ways to jumpstart your big ideas.

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Our scholars leverage multidisciplinary collaborations and lead the way to new discoveries that transform lives. By promoting a culture of experimentation and fresh thinking, we arrive at unexpected answers that have a lasting impact.



From identifying funding opportunities to moving inventions to the marketplace, we offer a supportive infrastructure to help you get your projects off the ground.

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Ranked among the nation’s top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching and public service missions. Find the resources you need with more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials.

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