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Public Impact Research Awards

ORCA honors faculty for work that connects campus to local, national, and global communities

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Black Lives Matter Protest in DE, 6/1/2020

UCLA provides grants to enhance understanding of Black life and racial disparities

As part of the campus’s ‘Rising to the Challenge’ pledge, nine projects have received funding, with more on the way.

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Sophia Li, center, explains her team’s yearlong policy analysis project, aimed at helping Los Angeles community clinics expand access to telemedicine.

Public policy students take on a health care digital divide

Widening access to telemedicine is one of the projects that UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs students have undertaken to develop policy solutions for real-world clients.

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Illustration of a solar sail–propelled spacecraft

Q&A: Space physicist Jacob Bortnik on the new UCLA SPACE Institute

The UCLA professor speaks about why even non-scientists should be intrigued by space research and how the new organization will foster scholarly collaboration.

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11 UCLA faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

11 UCLA faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UCLA had the second highest number of honorees among colleges and universities this year, followed by Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and Yale.

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Mother carrying her daughter

UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative announces inaugural Latino Applied Policy Research Awards

Grants totaling $150,000 will support six projects that seek to develop solutions to challenges facing Latinos in California.

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Kristen Choi, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing.

Nursing professor Kristen Choi receives fellowship

The professor's research will focus on access to mental health care for LGBTQ youth in the United States.

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Pregnant mother

Pregnant moms and depression: Study links rising symptoms to kids’ behavioral issues

The seven-year study, led by UCLA psychologists, tracked mothers and their offspring from preconception until the children were 5 years old.

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UCLA Grand Challenges

Solving society’s most critical problems.

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One Billion Dollars.

That’s the average amount UCLA has received to fund research projects each year since 2009-10.

UCLA research and creative activities have generated some of the most transformative breakthroughs in modern times. From revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatment to laying the framework to create the Internet or reshaping our understanding of the human condition, UCLA's research impact extends around the globe. 

As one of the world’s top research universities, UCLA has the intellectual capital and extensive research facilities necessary to tackle society’s most challenging issues. And as a public research university, we take seriously our mission to develop solutions that improve the quality of life in our community, our country and around the world. Included among our faculty, alumni and researchers are 14 Nobel Prize winners, 13 faculty MacArthur Fellows, a Fields medalist, two Turing Award winners, and three Pulitzer Prize winners. Explore our site to learn more about us, research highlights, resources for researchers, how to engage with UCLA research and our initiatives.


Organization of Research Enterprise

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Learn more about the subsidiary offices that help to administer and support research and creative activities conducted at UCLA.

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