Join our culture of innovation
If you are looking for a research university that nurtures a culture of innovation, cross-disciplinary ideas and cooperation, UC Davis is the place to come.
Our faculty is dedicated to partnerships and collaborations with other universities, governments, foundations, industry and global research enterprises. For example, those interested in technology transfer will discover that we are creating many technologies available for licensing.
UC Davis actively engages in partnering with universities, research institutions, NGOs and government agencies across more than 45 countries to facilitate a variety of opportunities and exchanges. Explore global partnerships and UC Davis connections with countries around the world.
Learn about our major partnerships:
Innovation Institute for Food and Health
UC Davis and Mars, Incorporated have created this institute to deliver Silicon Valley-type breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health. The vision is to have enabled safe, sustainable, and secure nutrition for all.
Personalized cancer therapy research
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has been working with Jackson Laboratory to test bladder cancer therapies in mice. When a therapy works in the model, it is given to the patient.
Honda Smart Home
In 2014, Honda and UC Davis opened Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village can produce more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually.
Food safety partnership in China
This partnership between Chinese universities and the UC Davis World Food Center is improving food safety and restoring confidence in consumers in China and around the world. The center will coordinate research and training activities across China.
Life Science Innovation Center in Davis
HM.CLAUSE has partnered with UC Davis to open a business incubator to advance regional innovation in the life sciences. The venture builds on a long-standing partnership between the two to turn viable ideas in life science into successful businesses.
Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile
Similar to our Davis incubator, in 2015 we partnered with the Chilean government. The Santiago center fosters collaboration aimed at transforming public-sector research into regional, national and global business opportunities.
The Exploratorium Museum
UC Davis is linking up with the Exploratorium in San Francisco to show the latest scientific innovations in the museum’s exhibits and programs. They encompass environmental science, sustainable energy, and coastal and marine sciences.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
With a partnership that stretches to the 1950s, this Bay Area national lab employs 900 UC Davis alumni — the most from any university. In 2015, the partners targeted new areas including astrophysics, planetary science, materials and fusion energy.
China Auto Technology and Research Center
The China–U.S. ZEV Policy Lab, created in 2014, will help speed the commercialization of plug-in and fuel cell electric cars in China and the U.S. The focus is on fast-tracking zero emissions in the world’s largest new-car market — China.