Over the past 50 years, San Diego’s research community has expanded beyond the universities to include almost 50 research institutes clustered on the Torrey Mesa. These academic and research institutions, along with government sponsored organizations such as SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, attract billions of dollars annually in federal, state and industry funding. While their research adds to the collective knowledge base of the region, their operations provide employment for thousands of local research professionals, technicians, scientists and engineers, and their technology transfer processes create additional jobs when research discovery leads to innovative new products.  San Diego’s research community represents the core of the region’s current economic strength.  The research pipeline must continue to grow if San Diego is to stay competitive on the world stage.

CONNECT-assist was created in 2008 to support the establishment of new San Diego research institutes and to assist in the recruitment of talented faculty and employment for spouses. CONNECT-assist works with new institutes on relocation, start-up operations and introductions to local business leaders and service providers. Institutes utilize CONNECT to set up special conferences and summits, host private Leadership Dinners and participate in Frontiers in Science and Technology.

CONNECT-assist will expand to include additional incentives including a potential housing loan program designed to attract the best faculty and research institutes to San Diego.


Program Contact:

Greg McKee
Cheif Executive Officer
Phone: (858) 964-1300
Fax: (858) 964-1301
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
Suite A124
La Jolla, CA 92037