UC Research Award History

Each year, the University of California receives an average of about $4.5 billion in research contracts and grants from a combination of federal, state, corporate, non-profit and other private sponsors, including other research universities.  The majority of these awards come from the federal government, and most of the federal funding is provided by just two agencies:  the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  This heavy dependence on federal funding means that UC’s research activity is greatly affected by the federal budget process, as well as the overall economy.