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December 2006 Issue

2006 Research Funding
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Research Dollars Exceed $330 Million for Second Year

Published December 2006

The university’s research enterprise topped $330 million for the second year in a row, despite the leveling off of national research-funding budgets.

Fiscal year 2006 research data was presented to the UC Board of Trustees at their November meeting by Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research.

The Academic Health Center and its affiliates account for 82 percent ($272.3 million) of the university’s research budget. But it’s the National Institutes of Health—the major funding source of basic and clinical research, which provides more than half UC’s research dollars—that has experienced the greatest budgetary woes.

“We should be proud that we were able to hold our own in such a tense budgetary climate,” says Degen. “But we must begin to think about ways to continue to be successful as securing funding becomes even more difficult. That may mean writing more proposals or becoming more creative when searching for funding sources.”

Over the past year, the Office of Research has implemented a few new strategies to ensure future research success.

Once again in 2006, grant-writing workshops were offered—this time with the addition of an arts and humanities session as requested by 2005 attendees.

The Office of Research and the University Research Council made adjustments to their popular interdisciplinary grant competition and will award $200,000 in grants this year.

Added this fall was the Faculty Research Orientation Series—a bi-weekly session designed to help investigators run a more efficient research program. To make sure the UC community, peer institutions, government, industry and donors are aware of the research happening here, the Office of Research also began publishing the quarterly magazine UC Research.

“We want to do everything we can to arm our researchers with the tools they need to be successful,” says Degen. “That ranges anywhere from providing seed funding and technology to offering help with grant writing.

“We’ll be monitoring our progress each quarter of this next fiscal year to ensure we are on track to come out ahead in 2007,” she adds.

To view the full 2006 Report on Research, visit

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