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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.

$1.76 billion in sponsored research funding for FY2023

16 Nobel laureates have taught on campus

Recognized as one of the top 20 research universities worldwide

2,800+ active inventions

1,970+ total active U.S and foreign patents

7th in the nation for total research expenditures

National Science Foundation

4th in the nation for total research output


No. 7 in the world for most highly cited researchers


Breakthroughs in the News

Tackling the Wildfire Crisis

Increased temperatures, weather extremes and hot and dry conditions have intensified the threat of wildfires. UC San Diego scientists work across disciplines combat wildfires with novel research and AI technology.

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Real-Life Opportunities

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

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Research Resources

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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