Researchers attract record $131 million in funding in 2007-08

UC Santa Cruz researchers attracted a record $131 million in external grants and contracts to the campus in the 2007-08 fiscal year. This represents an 18 percent increase over the previous year and marks the third year in a row that research funding at UCSC has exceeded $100 million.

"This record funding is a win for everyone--our students, our faculty, and our Santa Cruz community," said Bruce Margon, vice chancellor for research. "Our students continue to receive instruction from faculty who are supported to work on the most cutting-edge problems with the very best equipment and facilities; our faculty not only maintain their international standing, but attract new peers to the campus from the very best pool of talent; and the community benefits from $131 million of additional business activity that is green, high-tech, and spins off well-paid jobs."

The single largest award, $29.6 million, was received for projects carried out by the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) located at NASA Ames Research Center. This award made NASA the largest funding source ($36.7 million), followed by the National Science Foundation ($21.3 million) and the National Institutes of Health ($20.5 million).

UCSC's continued success in attracting research funding has brought in more than half a billion dollars over the past five years.