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Office of Research Affairs

About Us

At UC San Diego, our $1.2 billion research enterprise transforms the way we see and understand the world. The Office of Research Affairs works with partners across campus and the region to ensure that innovative projects like the Alliance for Binational Border Solutions, the Bioregional Gateway, and the Qualcomm Institute’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative are equipped with the resources they need to pursue revolutionary ideas, unexpected answers, lifesaving discoveries, and planet-changing impact.

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Collaborative Projects with Mexico

UC San Diego’s Office of Research Affairs is committed to pursuing unconventional solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Alliance for Binational Border Solutions

The Alliance for Binational Border Solutions is a partnership designed to foster collaboration among government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry partners on both sides of the border to solve increasingly complex problems facing our border communities including health, education, environment, security, inequality, and migration.

Bioregional Gateway

The Bioregional Gateway unites academic and government partners in Mexico and the U.S to establish an open-access mapping and visualization resource that researchers and community members can use to help design and carry out innovative approaches to climate change, green infrastructure, renewable energy, food and water security, and environmental health.

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Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative

The Qualcomm Institute’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative, in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia and others, has developed a high-resolution 3D visualization of Hoyo Negro, a submerged Late Pleistocene cave site on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula that is one of the most promising frontiers for Paleoamerican studies of humans and fauna.

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