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University of California, Santa Barbara


UCSB’s faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners and is second in the U.S in STEM Nobel Prizes awarded in the 21st century. Faculty also includes scores of elected members of national and international academies and societies as well as dozens of winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. The preeminent scholarship, instruction and public service that define UCSB have helped shape its identity as a place of enormous and exceptional possibility-a magnet for innovation. More ranking stats:

  • 1 of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to the Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • In its 2016 ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, Lieden University ranked UCSB in the top 10 for research impact.
  • National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Engineering ranked all of UCSB’s College of Engineering department in the top 10
  • UCSB ranked within top 25 in the world of Engineering & Technology universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Recognition of UCSB’s academic quality takes many forms. One of the most prestigious is support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The campus is now home to 12 national centers and institutes, eight of which are sponsored by the NSF, including the Materials Research Laboratory, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, the Southern California Earthquake Center and the renowned Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. The campus is also home to the California NanoSystems Institute and the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Office of Technology & Industry Alliances

The primary mission of UCSB’s Office of Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA) is to build long-term, productive and mutually beneficial relationships between UCSB and its industry collaborators. TIA was established in August 2005 with two main responsibilities: to manage the intellectual property developed through UCSB research (including out-licensing) and to manage the many agreements with industry partners that support research collaborations (including research agreements, material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements and memorandums of understanding).

The ability to negotiate both licensing and research agreements eliminates the need for UCSB’s corporate partners to progress through multiple university offices and gives TIA the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of the needs of its industry partners. It also allows TIA to simultaneously negotiate licensing and research agreements, when appropriate.

TIA is your company’s link to hundreds of promising UCSB technologies, as well as the path to establish key research collaborations and understand the diverse research and workforce resources available at UCSB. The office strives to build a long-term relationship with the industry sector with the final goal of translating scientific discoveries into commercial products that make a difference.

Facts & Figures

  • 91 companies on 4 continents are currently using technologies developed at UCSB
  • 50% of UCSB inventions are under a licensing agreement
  • 90+ start-ups formed based on UCSB research
  • Averaging 90-100 invention disclosures annually
  • Over 600 active inventions
  • 4-6 new start-up companies per year