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From revolutionary treatments to groundbreaking drugs, cutting-edge research breakthroughs require funding. Motivated by a passion for improving human health, faculty members at the DGSOM drive their own research projects and secure their own research funding in the form of grants, contracts, and philanthropic contributions.
Grants and contracts generally require applications, which individual faculty or teams may submit to federal or local government agencies (such as the National Institutes of Health), public or private foundations, or biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies.
The National Institutes of Health provides the largest fraction of the DGSOM’s research support.
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Faculty can also participate in large consortia, such as clinical trials consortia sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. By bringing together like-minded individuals, organizations, and companies, consortia enable their members to leverage shared resources to reach goals not easily achieved individually.
Individual faculty and teams of faculty may secure philanthropic support. Philanthropic funding enables scientists to pursue their most exciting ideas without the constraints created by government or corporate interests.
Student researchers (Ph.D. students, postdoctoral scholars, etc.) can receive training support from government agencies and foundations.
The DGSOM supports the work of faculty members and laboratories and advances the overall research mission by offering institutional support through the UCLA Chancellor’s office, the DGSOM Dean’s office, the Basic and Clinical Departments, Centers, Institutes, and Research Themes.
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Institutional contributions to the research enterprise include: