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Graduate Research Lab Scientists Rank 9th for NSF Awards at UC Irvine

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, May 13, 2014

Research lab scientists at the University of California, Irvine receive millions of dollars in life science research funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation every year, often dwarfing the research budgets of lesser known schools. Did you know that graduate students at the University of California, Irvine receive a remarkable number of life science research grants as well?

University of California, Irvine graduate students won 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year, making UC Irvine ninth in the nation and sharing the second place spot within the University of California system for universities receiving these distinguished life science research grants.

The fellowships honor and offer financial support to ambitious graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments who are in the process of working on research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in research labs at accredited U.S. universities.

“This is a fine example of how our students, faculty and staff work together for the benefit of graduate education and a reflection of our overall academic excellence,” said Frances Leslie, dean of the Graduate Division. “Almost a quarter of the recipients participated in the Graduate Division’s summer Competitive Edge program.”


life science research funding at UC Irvine

UC Irvine Science Plaza

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In 2013, the National Science Foundation awarded the University of California, Irvine $41.8 million in life science research funding. For the convenience of our readers, we have composed a list of some of the top projects receiving life science research grants organized by funding program, project title, and total funding awarded.

Top Five NSF-Funded Life Science Research Projects at UC Irvine

  • Ecosystem Science Cluster: “Collaborative research: Evolutionary trade-offs in the adaptation of decomposers to global warming: Implications for ecosystem C balance” – $600,348
  • Cross-EF Activities: “US-French Collaboration: Mechanisms of emergent OscillaTIONs in the septo-hippocampal network-MOTION” – $541,420
  • Cross-EF Activities: “Integrating Mitochondrial Network Topology, Dynamics, and Function” – $536,330
  • Evolutionary Processes Cluster: “Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Connecting the proximate mechanisms responsible for organismal diversity to the ultimate causes of latitudinal gradients in species richness.” – $491,713
  • Genetic Mechanisms: “Identification and Characterization of Functional Constraints Operating on the Gene Organization of the Drosophila Genome” – $299,999

In addition to receiving NSF funding, research lab scientists at the University of California, Irvine received $126.4 million in life science research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2013. The top three funded departments receiving life science research grants were anatomy/cell biology ($14 million), internal medicine ($13 million) and microbiology/immunology/virology ($12.4 million).

Lab suppliers working to increase their life science sales on the West Coast will want to take advantage of the well-funded market of graduate student researchers and research lab scientists at the University of California, Irvine. If you are interested in increasing your brand recognition at UC Irvine, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. invites you to attend our BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at UC Irvine on October 7th, 2014.


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