Total Research and Development Expenditures per Senate Faculty, Universitywide, 1996-97 to 2008-09 and UC Campuses 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2008-09
Research expenditures are one among several different possible measures of research productivity.
The STEM fields (life and physical sciences, technology, engineering and math) generate more research funding than the social sciences, arts and humanities.
Almost one-third of the University's total research awards come from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); these funds primarily flow to the five UC campuses that have medical schools: Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
The National Institutes of Health budget doubled between 1998-99 and 2002-03. This helps explains some of the increase in research expenditures per Senate faculty member that occurred over the past decade, especially at UC's five medical school campuses.
Source: National Science Foundation Research and Development Expenditures Survey; UCOP Corporate Personnel System.
Figures are in thousands of inflation-adjusted 2008-09 dollars.
Data include direct and indirect costs (both reimbursed and unreimbursed). Direct research expenditures go directly to the principal investigator in support of a specific research project; indirect research expenditures provide additional support to the University for the research infrastructure, such as maintaining buildings and research space, providing for technological infrastructure, libraries, utility costs, etc.
Senate faculty are primarily those in the Professorial series, Professors in Residence series and the Professor of Clinical ___ series as well as a handful of other faculty members. Some non-Senate faculty members and some other academic employees conduct significant research and publish the results of their research. Some of these researchers may hold a joint Senate faculty title; if so, they are included in the Senate faculty headcount figures used here. Future versions of the accountability report will attempt to refine the number of faculty included in the "per faculty" calculations.