Faculty Excellence

The number of faculty who have received the following major awards:

  • Nobel Prize winners: 5
  • Albert Lasker Award: 10
  • Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine: 4
  • National Medal of Science: 4

Above: A student studies in the campus library and 2012 Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, an investigator at the Gladstone Institute and a professor of anatomy at UCSF.

The number of UCSF faculty who are current members or fellows of the following prestigious scientific honorary organizations:

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences: 61 (updated October 2011)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute: 18
  • Institute of Medicine: 89 (updated October 2013)
  • National Academy of Sciences: 42
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: 66

Scholarly Productivity

UCSF faculty are ranked third for "scholarly productivity" among all universities and research institutes worldwide, according to 2007 data published by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Economic Impact

According to a 2010 economic impact report, UCSF generates:

  • In  San Francisco: 32,110 jobs (including those at UCSF) and produces an estimated economic impact of $4.7 billion when including operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors.
  • In the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area:  39,134 jobs (including those at UCSF) and produces an estimated economic impact of $6.2 billion when including operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors.


A $3.6 billion enterprise, UCSF receives more than half – $ 1.9 billion – from UCSF Medical Center and almost $1 billion from grants and contracts, which includes a substantial amount from the National Institutes of Health, to support its core activities. UCSF receives $250 million or 6.9 percent of its revenues from state appropriations for education. Operating expenses for fiscal year 2010 were almost $3.3 billion.

Private Support

UCSF received close to $269 million in total private support in fiscal year 2010, marking the 10th consecutive year in which total private support of UCSF exceeded $200 million.


Two UCSF-patented inventions – hepatitis B vaccine and artificial growth hormone – accounted for 45 percent of the top five income-earning patents of the entire University of California system in 2009. The hepatitis B vaccine is the system’s top-earning patent. Other highlights:

  • From 1977 to 2009, 1,757 UCSF patents were issued.
  • From 2000 to 2009, 602 UCSF patents were issued (more than any other UC campus).
  • From 2008 to 2009, average income to UCSF from patent royalties, fees and litigation settlements was $64 million.
  • The 2006 global survey conducted by the Milken Institute ranked UCSF No. 2 in the world for issued US life science patents.

Start-up Companies

Since the early 1970s, an estimated 90 life science companies have been spawned from UCSF research, including more than 40 start-ups at Mission Bay. 

Research Funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. NIH support to UCSF reflects research and training grants, fellowships, and other awards, calculated according to the federal fiscal year 2009. Among the 2011 NIH highlights:

  • UCSF received $532.8 million in total NIH research support, making it the top recipient among public institutions and the second-highest among all institutions nationwide.
  • UCSF overall and each of its schools have ranked among the top four in total NIH funding for more than a decade.
  • The UCSF School of Pharmacy was the highest-ranking school in the country in NIH support, with $29 million.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine ranked second nationwide in NIH support, with $420.2 million. The medical school also received another $54.4 million in additional support for multiple research programs.
  • The UCSF School of Dentistry received about $19 million and the UCSF School of Nursing received $8.3 million in NIH support – making both schools second in the nation in their respective fields.
  • The UCSF schools of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy have ranked first or second in NIH support for several decades.

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