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Graphic of a landscape showing a tree in the center with the left side full of greenery and the right side dry and without greeneryNew Center Addresses Global Climate Change Impacts on Water, Other Resources

October 12, 2023
A new program called the Global Center on Climate Change, Water, Energy, Food, and Health Systems, led by the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and supported by an international consortium of universities and community organizations, will address the impacts of climate change in the climate-vulnerable communities in the Azraq Basin. In support of this NIH center-development grant, RD provided input on project conceptualization and framing, graphic-design services, constructive feedback on the application draft, and financial assistance through Research Affairs' large-proposal-development program.

Side-by-side headshots of the three researchers, (left to right: Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez, Shengqiang Cai, and Ilkay Altintas), who will lead their teams in projects funded by climate action seed grants from the University of CaliforniaUC San Diego Researchers Receive $5.7M for Climate Action Projects

August 24, 2023
Three teams led by researchers at the University of California San Diego received $5.7 million in climate action seed grants from the University of California on Aug. 23, 2023. The grants aim to spur implementation of solutions that directly address state climate priorities.

Group photo of the UC San Diego professors who made up the leadership team of the UC San Diego MRSEC center at the start of the six-year $18 million grant over a blue backgroundResearch Growth Tops $1.76B With Tremendous Portfolio of Discovery and Invention

August 8, 2023
In fiscal year 2023, the University of California San Diego spent $1.76 billion on research, up from $1.64 billion the previous year — a more than 6 percent increase. This marks more than a decade of sustained growth in research funding and encompasses an increasingly complex and ambitious research portfolio year-over-year.

Gaia Righi, a UC San Diego graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, adjusts a target in the Janus laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Jupiter Laser FacilityUC San Diego’s Center of Excellence Receives $12.5 Million from DOE

June 22, 2023
The Center for Matter Under Extreme Conditions received $12.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to maintain one of nine national centers for excellence at UC San Diego. RD is thrilled to have helped this renewal through strategic approach, red-team review, and draft editing.

A colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts HIV particles (seen as purple spheres) infecting a cell in the immune system.Center for AIDS Research Receives $15 Million Renewal Grant From NIH

April 3, 2023
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a five-year, $15.45 million grant to the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) at UC San Diego, renewing support that extends back to an original establishing grant in 1994 at the height of the AIDS epidemic. RD is proud to have provided guidance, draft review, and color-team review support for the CFAR renewal effort.

UC San Diego senior Eugene Tsim Nuj Vang poses in traditional Hmong clothing to honor their heritage. They also hold a cherished instrument of their grandfather's called a qeej, a type of mouth organ made from bamboo pipes that has a 3,000-year history.Enhancing the Experience of Diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

February 21, 2023
To continue strengthening the student experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, UC San Diego has become designated as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI). This means that UC San Diego is now eligible to apply for competitive federal grants to fortify and expand efforts to address the unique needs of UC San Diego’s Asian American and Pacific Islander students.


Side-by-side headshots of UC San Diego faculty Zeinab Jahed, Lisa Poulikakos, and Nathan Romero over a blue backgroundUC San Diego Researchers Earn Air Force Young Investigator Awards

December 21, 2022
Three researchers at the University of California San Diego have been selected to receive Young Investigator Research Program awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the basic research arm of the Air Force Research Lab. RD provided consulatation and graphic design services.

Image of blue and green stem cells from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)UC San Diego Awarded $8M to Expand Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Trials

November 21, 2022
As part of a state-wide effort to advance stem cell therapies, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded $8 million to the UC San Diego Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, part of the new UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Institute. The funding will support the clinic’s mission of bringing new stem cell-based therapies to patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. RD is proud to have provided graphic support towards this effort.

Photo of Tara Javidi, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who will lead the Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral FellowshipSchmidt Futures Announces UC San Diego as Partner of $148M Initiative Accelerating AI Use in Science

October 26, 2022
UC San Diego joins nine leading universities across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore to launch the next frontier of scientific discovery through AI use in postdoctoral research. The Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship program at UC San Diego will be led by Tara Javidi, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering, Jacobs Family Scholar, and Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute fellow. RD is happy to have provided consultation and graphic design services towards this effort.

Side-by-side headshots of two of the New Innovator awardees, Fleur Ferguson and Johannes SchönebergUC San Diego Researchers Named Recipients of NIH New Innovator Awards

October 18, 2022
Two early career UC San Diego researchers have been named recipients of the 2022 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award from the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. RD congratulates the two 2022 awardees and is pleased to have supported UC San Diego DP2 applicants over the years, with both 1:1 assistance and the resources.

Illustration of brain on a circuit board backgroundPhysicists Receive $12.6M From Department of Energy to Continue Exploring Next-Generation Computing

September 28, 2022
RD supported the success of the Q-MEEN-C team in winning both the initial center award and this renewal. As a member of the center's management team in the role of Director of Development, RD's Sharon Franks worked closely with the Q-MEEN-C directors throughout the initial four-year award period, providing strategic analysis, advice, and support that was instrumental in positioning the center for successful renewal.

Group picture of IN STEP Children’s Mental Health Research Center's research team in front of the Coronado BridgeNew $12 Million NIMH Grant Funds Center to Improve Delivery of Child Mental Health Services

September 26, 2022
Researchers in the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry received a five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to launch a new research center focused on improving access to and delivery of child mental health services. RD is pleased to have supported this team's success in the conceptualization and production of overview and organizational graphics for the application.

Side-by-side headshots of co-principal investigators for the new UC San Diego FIRST Program, JoAnn Trejo and María Elena Martinez, over a blue backgroundUC San Diego Receives $16 Million NIH FIRST Award

September 20, 2022
This five-year NIH grant will enable UC San Diego to recruit 12 diverse, early-career research faculty in the biomedical sciences. RD supported this success through pre-award opportunity- and competitive analysis, internal competition coordination, application-development guidance, and strategic input on a response to an NIH summary statement.

The three principal investigators on the project (Fleur Ferguson, Johannes Schöneberg and Gal Mishne) stand in front of Geisel LibraryUC San Diego Receives $1.3M from W. M. Keck Foundation to Study Origins of Dementia

August 16, 2022
Researchers at UC San Diego have received a $1.3 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation for a project, supported by RD, that could help scientists better understand the role misfolded proteins play in causing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, which may lead to more effective drug therapies.

A graduate student checks a weather monitoring station at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in UC San DiegoUC San Diego Research Funding Reaches Record-Breaking $1.64B

August 04, 2022
In fiscal year 2022 (July 1-June 30), UC San Diego earned $1.64 billion in research funding, marking the 13th consecutive year that the university has topped more than $1 billion in research funding.

news-EnCORE.jpgNew $10M NSF-Funded Institute Will Get to the CORE of Data Science

July 29, 2022
A new NSF initiative has created a $10 million dollar institute, called The Institute for Emerging CORE Methods in Data Science (EnCORE), which will be led by computer and data scientists at UC San Diego that aim to transform the core fundamentals of the rapidly emerging field of Data Science.

Side-by-side headshots of UC San Diego’s Beckman Young Investigator award recipients, Lisa Poulikakos and Tania Morimoto, over a blue backgroundUC San Diego Engineers Receive 2 out of 10 Prestigious National Young Investigators Awards

July 21, 2022
Lisa Poulikakos and Tania Morimoto, both from the MAE department, were awarded 2 of 10 Beckman Young Investigator awards bestowed this year, marking it the first time the award has gone to 2 researchers from the same department at the same institution. RD is proud to have supported both submissions.

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan stands at a podium as he inaugurates the updated UC San Diego earthquake simulatorA big machine for earthquake safety reopens at UC San Diego

July 20, 2022
NSF Director Panchanathan spent the day at UC San Diego touring facilities, meeting researchers, and inaugurating the updated earthquake simulator. The facility was recently upgraded with a $16.9M NSF grant, enabling the testing of structures with an unprecedented degree of accuracy when compared to real earthquake ground motions.

Diverse group of Chancellor's Associates Scholars standing with the ChancellorUC San Diego Becomes Nation's Youngest University to Reach $3 Billion in Fundraising Campaign

June 09, 2022
UC San Diego announced a new landmark milestone: it has surpassed its original $2 billion fundraising goal for the Campaign for UC San Diego by $1 billion, raising a total of $3 billion. UC San Diego is the youngest university in the country to reach a multibillion-dollar campaign goal.

Student processes microbiome samples at the UC San Diego School of Medicine lab of PI Rob Knight, PhDUC San Diego Receives $14M to Drive Precision Nutrition with Gut Microbiome Data

January 20, 2022
RD provided proposal-development support for this team to launch a new Microbiome and Metagenomics Center at UC San Diego that will analyze the microbiomes found in the stool samples of NIH Nutrition for Precision Health study participants.


Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and professor in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San DiegoNIH Award Advances the Study of Young and Developing Brains

October 14, 2021
RD provided graphics and proposal-development support for exciting project aimed at better understanding how young brains and minds develop from infancy through early childhood.

Rendered cross-section of human head showing electrode design and placement.UC San Diego Leads $12.25M Grant to Improve Epilepsy Treatment

September 9, 2021
RD was pleased to provide proposal-development support for this team working to develop and enhance brain-sensing and brain-stimulating platform technologies to enable treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy.

Assistant Professor Zheng Chen, UC San Diego, comparing materials samples.UC San Diego Nanoengineers Receive $2.7M NSF Grant to Make Battery Manufacturing Waste-Free

September 1, 2021
Research Development provided strategic advice, proposal review, and community-partner guidance for this team, which will develop an eco-friendly and low-cost manufacturing process for sodium all-solid-state batteries.

Three lab technicians working in hoods in Assistant Professor of Chemistry Julia Stauber’s lab.UC San Diego Breaks Record with $1.54B in Research Funding

August 18, 2021
In fiscal year 2021, UC San Diego earned $1.54B in sponsored research funding, a 6% increase over the previous year. This is the largest number ever for the university and marks the 12th consecutive year the campus has earned more than $1B in funding to support its extensive research enterprise.

UC San Diego campus banner with university seal with the words, "2020/21 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Awards" overlaid.Lynsey Fitzpatrick Receives Exemplary Staff Employee Award

July 29, 2021
RD team member's exceptional efforts to go above-and-beyond and add value to every aspect of RD have earned well-deserved campus-wide recognition.

Professor Andrew Kahng, Computer Science and Engineering, UC San DiegoNSF Invests $20M in UC San Diego-headquartered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institute

July 29, 2021
Research Development was pleased to provide proposal development support for this team focused on discovering key principles and new methods in the interplay of AI and optimization, and applying them to chip design, robotics and networking.

news-wutsai.jpgUC San Diego among six U.S. institutions in new Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

July 21, 2021
Research Development was pleased to provide proposal development and graphics support for this collaboration that aims to transform human health on a global scale through the discovery and translation of the biological principles underlying human performance.


Assistant Professor, Ingrid Tomac, and Ph.D. student, Mahta Movasat.Experimenting in Space to Help Prevent Mudslides Here on Earth

November 19, 2020
Research Development was proud to support this proposal on hydrophobic soils, with the potential to prevent mudslides in areas affected by wildfires.

news-doe-burkart.jpgEnergizing Plastics Renewability, Recycling Efforts

October 30, 2020
Research Development is pleased to have supported the California Center for Algae Biotechnology's successful proposal to the DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge program.

Jan Kleissl, UC San Diego$39 Million Grant to Better Integrate Renewables into Power Grid

October 29, 2020
Research Development provided strategic advice throughout the proposal development and review process for this exciting grant to build a first-of-its-kind national testbed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid.

UC San Diego flip flops, Photo by Stephen MayfieldUC San Diego Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products

August 6, 2020
Research Development continues to work with California Center for Algae Biotechnology faculty, who received a 2018 UC San Diego Center Launch seed award, to pursue funding for biodegradable, bio-based products.

Engineering students, photo by UC San Diego PublicationsUC San Diego raises $1.45 billion for research, polishing standing as science mecca

July 28, 2020
UC San Diego pulled in a record $1.45B for research during the 2020 fiscal year - $100 million higher than a year ago - representing the 11th consecutive year the campus has surpassed the $1B mark.

news-ucsd-mrsec.jpg$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego

July 9, 2020
The Research Development team was proud to support this major proposal-development effort that successfully secured $18M from the NSF to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Assistant Professor of Physics Javier Duarte. Photo by Michelle Fredricks, UC San Diego Physical SciencesUC San Diego Physicist Making a Mark

July 1, 2020
Research Development is pleased to have supported Assistant Professor Duarte's successful proposal to the Department of Energy Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program.

Pranjali BeriJacobs School of Engineering Launches Research Ethics Project

June 25, 2020
Research Development contributed to the win of the NSF grant that supports this project.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and MURI Awardee Francesco PaesaniUC San Diego Faculty Members Win Department of Defense MURI Awards

March 6, 2020
Research Development is pleased to have supported Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Francesco Paesani on his successful submission to the 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) program.


news-earthquake-research.jpgUC San Diego at Epicenter of Earthquake Research

October 17, 2019
RPDS was proud to support the major proposal-development effort that successfully secured $16.3M from the NSF to fund a major upgrade to the UC San Diego Shake Table facility, the world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator.


UC San Diego Breaks Record with $1.35B in Research Funding

October 17, 2019
In fiscal year 2019 (July 1-June 30), UC San Diego earned $1.35 billion in sponsored research funding, a 10% increase over the previous year.

Picture of one of the three awardees and professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering, Shadi DayehThree UC San Diego Researchers Receive Top Honors with NIH Director's Awards

Ocotober 1, 2019
RD is pleased to have supported Professor Dayeh's successful application to this high-risk/high-reward program.

news-groves-award.jpgWendy Groves Receives Exemplary Staff Employee Award

July 16, 2019
RPDS team member recognized for exceptional contributions to UC San Diego and the San Diego community in support of the vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.



QMEENC EFRC LogoPhysicists Brainstorm World’s 21st-Century Energy Challenges

November 15, 2018
RPDS' support was instrumental in winning this $10M award, and RPDS is helping to position the center to compete successfully for a renewal award.

Research on slides, Photo by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego PublicationsUC San Diego Has Record-setting Year with $1.2B in Research Funding

October 18, 2018
For the past three years, UC San Diego has seen an increase in research contracts and grants, making it 7th in the nation in sponsored research.

UC San Diego Receives $10.5 Million from National Nuclear Security Administration to Create Center of Excellence

October 15, 2018
RPDS teamed up with Research Development staff at the Center for Energy Research and the Jacobs School of Engineering to help bring the new Center for Matter under Extreme Conditions to UC San Diego.

A wind-wave tank for aerosol research at at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San DiegoNSF Awards $20 Million for Continued Study of Aerosols at UC San Diego

September 10, 2018
RD’s support contributed to the success of the NSF proposal that established CAICE, atmospheric chemistry research program.

UC San Diego Engineering Professor, James FriendTurning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components

April 10, 2018
RPDS is pleased to have supported Professor Friend's successful application to the W. M. Keck Foundation's Research Program.


Headshot of associate professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and principal investigator on the MURI grant, Padmini RangamaniResearchers Receive $7.5 Million Grant to Study Memory Capacity and Energy Efficiency in the Brain

May 1, 2017
RD is pleased to have supported the development of Assistant (now Associate) Professor Rangamani's MURI proposal, a five-year grant which will fund a study to try to answer two fundamental questions: what is the memory capacity of a brain; and how does the brain process information with maximum energy efficiency.