August 10, 2016

UCI Research and Philanthropic Funding Breaks Records

To the Anteater community:

It’s an incredible time at UCI. Last year, we celebrated the close of our $1 billion Shaping the Future fundraising campaign, a huge philanthropic undertaking that will help usher our university into a new era of excellence in which our research and programs ascend to even greater heights and the impact of Orange County’s elite university will be felt around the world.

Instead of resting on our laurels and winding down our efforts, I’m thrilled to share that UCI has made impressive, historic strides in exceeding the philanthropic and research goals laid out in our strategic plan. In the 2015-16 fiscal year recently completed, our University Advancement team reported $132.5 million in private funds, breaking all of UCI’s previous philanthropic records. And our Office of Research reported a record $395 million in grants and contracts – a $100 million increase over the prior year. You can read more about our tremendous private fundraising and research efforts in the press release.

As we move forward, private donations and grants will continue to be foundational to our success. We are incredibly proud to receive support that will aid us in our worthy pursuit of life-enhancing research and academic programs that serve our community. These funds are a measure of our status not only as a globally preeminent research university, but also as an institution that is vitally important to the advancement of the region.

We have built momentum and can see a clear path toward our brilliant future. As key components of our strategic plan continue to come to fruition, I hope you will celebrate our achievements and share this phenomenal news with your colleagues, family and friends.

Fiat Lux,

Chancellor Howard Gillman