In the last year, the University of California, Irvine has collected $580 million in grants and contracts, allowing researchers and professors to monitor sea levels, or fund clinical trials for cancer treatments. That figure, covering the fiscal year which ended June 30, is a marked uptick from the $213 million the university banked in 2018. The last year was even higher, with the school recording $91 million, largely on the strength of $88 million in COVID-19 grants. UC Irvine has been a steady and important contributor to COVID-19 research, even entering partnerships with private enterprise for use of its research. Businesses contributed $136 million, up $25 million over the previous year.