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Organized Research Units (ORUs)

What is an ORU?

An Organized Research Unit (ORU) is an academic unit the University has established to provide a supportive infrastructure for interdisciplinary research complementary to the academic goals of departments of instruction and research. The functions of an ORU are to facilitate research and research collaborations; disseminate research results through research conferences, meetings and other activities; strengthen graduate and undergraduate education by providing students with training opportunities and access to facilities; seek extramural research funds; and carry out university and public service programs related to the ORU’s research expertise.[1]

The campus is delegated authority to create new ORUs, change the names of existing ORUs, and to make decisions such as consolidating, transferring, or disestablishing existing ORUs with no systemwide review. If favorably reviewed by the relevant Divisional Academic Senate committee and approved by the campus administration, a proposed action involving an ORU is implemented.[2]

Officially Recognized UCLA ORUs:

American Indian Studies Center (AISC)
Asian American Studies Center (AASC)
Brain Research Institute (BRI)
Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies
Center for European and Eurasian Studies (CEES)
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS)
Center for the Study of Women (CSW)
Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC)
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (COIOA)
Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging (CIMI)
Dental Research Institute (DRI)
Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
Institute for Molecular Medicine (IMED)
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)
Institute for Social Research (ISR)
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
James S. Coleman African Studies Center (ASC)
Jules Stein Eye Institute (JSEI)
Latin American Institute (LAI)
Molecular Biology Institute (MBI)
Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI)
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies (CAAS)
Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES)

Link to List of Other UCLA Centers/Institutes

(this listing is not currently managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research so we do not manage its accuracy)

Relevant University documentation regarding ORUs

1. Administrative Policies and Procedures Concerning Organized Research Units – December 7, 1999

2. Compendium: Universitywide Review Processes for Academic Programs, Academic Units, & Research Units


3. Regents Policy 2307

4. Memo Operating Guidance No. 93-4 (March 12, 1993) - University Policy and Procedures Concerning Organized Research Units--Reissuance

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