At the heart of the research enterprise at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a collaborative culture that is embraced by basic scientists and clinical researchers who are dedicated to working together across disciplines to advance discoveries that will lead to new treatments and improved health.

Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann discusses California’s leadership in innovation, along with Milken Institute chairman Michael Milken, left, and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, right.

Partnerships with groups and people outside the University strengthen this environment, providing synergy that supports UCSF in achieving its mission of advancing health worldwide™.

UCSF partners include business, industry, private and public organizations, other academic institutions, and the community, and their areas of focus span local and international levels.

While partnerships bring valuable expertise, perspective and resources to UCSF, these alliances also are positive for UCSF’s partners, such as biotech companies that look to collaborate with UCSF scientists and tap the University’s intellectual capital and cutting-edge research.

In the community, the University Community Partnerships Program makes annual grant awards to organizations for research projects and other initiatives that support the overall goal of improving public health and decreasing health disparities in San Francisco.