University of California Accountability Report 2013

Research Workforce

In 2011-12, funded research projects provided employment for about 29,000 full-time-equivalent personnel. This represents 30 percent of the total UC full-time-equivalent workforce, including student employees.

Indicator 10.1 Research workforce by discipline, Universitywide, 2011-12

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

A diverse community of faculty, other academics, postdoctoral researchers, students, professional researchers and support staff all participate in UC's research enterprise. Student researchers (primarily graduate students) contribute significantly to research in all disciplines and comprise almost one-third of the paid research workforce in the physical sciences and technology fields.

The 2011-12 research workforce is about 3 percent larger than it was last year, due principally to research funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (ARRA). This is, however, a temporary increase, as all ARRA funds must be expended by September 2013. Reductions in federal research funding are likely to result in a smaller research workforce in years to come.

The employment shown above includes only staff and students paid an externally funded research program or by UC's own research funds. It does not capture the effort of faculty and students who engage in research in the normal course of their work, or the staff who provide administrative, facilities and equipment maintenance support as part of the overall University mission. In most disciplines without significant external research funding, such as the arts and humanities, this work contributes the lion's share of the total research effort.

Source: UC Corporate Personnel System. UC has about 98,000 full-time-equivalent employees. Data shown here represents full-time-equivalent personnel receiving earnings from research accounts.

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