General Talking Points
- UCLA, and the entire UC system, supports robust and sustained federal investments in research, which are critical to our health, economic prosperity, and international competitiveness.
- Through its partnership with the federal government, UCLA is an economic engine for California and the nation – helping to create new knowledge, technologies, cures, jobs, startup companies and spinoff industries.
- UCLA researchers tackle the nation’s biggest scientific and technological challenges and create solutions to some of our most complex problems.
- Researchers at UCLA identify diseases, develop cures and life-enhancing biotechnologies, and discover and develop materials and products for energy, industrial and national security. We are committed to research excellence across all disciplines from health and humanities to computing and engineering, agriculture, the oceans and the environment.
- Continued investment in UC’s research enterprise stimulates the economy by bringing new patented technologies to market and creating jobs, companies, and industries.
- For example, the first INTERNET message was sent from a computer at UCLA.
- Almost all the industries in which California leads the world – agriculture, biotechnology, telecommunications, digital media, computers and semi-conductors, and environmental technologies – grew out of university-based research.
- Starts ups and patents statistics
- Graduate students inventions and startups
Federal Investment in UC Research
- Federal funds are the university’s SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE of support for research, accounting for more than 50% of the total research funding and having an immediate effect on UCLA’s ability to support graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.
- We advocate for the highest level of federal funding to ensure UCLA’s research enterprise remains a source of scientific and technological solutions and can continue as an engine for economic growth and innovation.
- The University of California is the world’s largest academic research system, conducting approximately one-tenth of all academic research in the U.S. UC research helped create the biotechnology industry and led to breakthroughs in many other fields, including the electronics, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, nanotechnology and special-effects film industries.
- UC’s more than 54,000 graduate and professional students are a driving force behind the research, innovation and solutions that keep California on the leading edge. Graduate students also serve as teachers and mentors to more than 210,000 undergraduate students.
- Sixty-one faculty and researchers affiliated with UC have won 62 Noble Prizes in the areas of chemistry, physics, economics, and physiology and medicine.
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