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Ramping Up UCLA Research

Effective June 1, 2021, a Research Operational Plan (ROP) is no longer required for research and creative activities, both on-campus and in the field.

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Roger Wakimoto (right) in a field project with students in 2010.

Roger Wakimoto champions the arts and creative activities

Vice chancellor for research promotes interdisciplinary solutions and inclusive research enterprise.

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Supeena Adler, ethnomusicology professor in the Herb Alpert School of Music, will focus her research on the folk tradition of northeast Thailand.

Chancellor’s Arts Initiative funds grant to support faculty’s arts-based research

Projects will be featured on the GO ARTS UCLA online platform, launched May 6, 2021.

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Top row, left to right: Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Chon Noriega, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Priyanga Amarasekare. Bottom row, left to right: Keith Camacho, Kamari Clarke, Suhas Diggavi and David Goldstein.

Eight UCLA professors awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships

UCLA leads all universities & academic institutions with 8 recipients, in fields ranging from anthropology, linguistics & fine arts to engineering, photography & biology. Recipients are given freedom & funding to pursue scholarship & creative activities.

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Melissa Etheridge and “In the Life” host Garrett Glaser at the March on Washington in 1993.

UCLA Film & Television Archive highlights groundbreaking LGBTQ series “In the Life”

UCLA’s archive of the groundbreaking news magazine “In the Life” is an important record of the history of the LGBTQ movement. The publicly available content documents the history & contributions of LGBTQ people in the latter half of the 20th century.

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The Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Los Padres National Forest during a firing operation Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017.

UCLA law students’ research contributes to shaping California wildfire legislation

Research by UCLA law students in the California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic informed pending legislation designed to help California adapt to the impacts of climate change, including mitigating wildfire risks.

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Study by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals the importance of analyzing COVID-19 data by ethnic subgroup

A UCLA study suggests that breaking out COVID-19 data for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander & Asian ethnic subgroups would enable more precise identification of the hardest-hit communities and facilitate more effective deployment of outreach & resources.

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UCLA undergraduates make research pivot and publish paper about remote learning disparities

The shift to remote leaning spurred UCLA undergraduates to pivot their research to remote learning disparities amongst their fellow Bruins. Their work provides valuable information for campus leaders and has been accepted for publication.

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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

Experienced teams provide support services to enable researchers to pursue inquiries and discovery.

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

Office of Research Administration (ORA) Technology Development Group (TDG) Research Enhancement Office (REO)  Research Policy & Compliance (RPC)