Congratulations to all UCI faculty and researchers, along with the students, and staff who support research operations. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, our campus received more than $378 million dollars in research funding.

While this total is slightly less (~4.5%) than the previous fiscal year, historically it underscores an upward trend for UCI. In fact compared to the 3rd highest fiscal year funding—which was achieved during the influx of monies in 2009-10 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—funding is up 11%. While federal funding decreased in 16-17, non-federal support increased. A possible reason for the drop in federal funds was that federal agencies did not receive their FY17 budgets until May 2017, eight months after the start of the fiscal year. As you know, budgets for most federal agencies were held up in 2017, which bodes well for the rest of this fiscal year. We are engaged in the FY18 federal budget processes underway in the U.S. Congress and will work to advocate for increased federal support.

I am confident that these strong results indicate that UCI’s world-class research enterprise will continue to make important, productive contributions to the state, the nation and the world.

For more information, please see the Office of Research’s annual report at http://research.uci.edu/annualreport.

Sincerely,

Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science