Facts & Figures 2

Faculty Excellence

The number of living faculty who have received the following major awards (as of September 2014):

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.

  • Nobel Prize winners: 5
  • Albert Lasker Award: 11
  • Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine: 5
  • National Medal of Science: 4

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
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute: 18
  • Institute of Medicine: 84
  • National Academy of Sciences: 40
  • 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, providing highly competitive funding for 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. UCSF overall, and each of its schools, has ranked among the top four in total NIH funding for more than a decate. The following NIH funding figures reflect the most recent figures (2013):

  • UCSF received more than $517 million in total NIH research support, making it the top recipient among public institutions and the second-highest among all institutions nationwide.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine received the most funding of any school in the nation for the second year in a row, at $439.6 million for fiscal year 2013, to support research, training and fellowships.
  • The UCSF schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry ranked first in their fields in NIH grants for 2013: Pharmacy for the 34th consecutive year, with $29.2 million; and Dentistry for the 22nd year, with $13.7 million.
  • The UCSF School fo Nursing also regained its lead after briefly ranking second last year, with $9.6 million in grants in 2013.

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