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About The Scripps Research Institute


The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) — one of the world's largest, private, non-profit research organizations — stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science, a vital segment of medical research that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life.

Over the last decades, the institute has established a lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition.

The institute — located on campuses in La Jolla, California, and Jupiter, Florida — has become internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, virology, and vaccine development. Particularly significant is the institute's study of the basic structure and design of biological molecules; in this arena TSRI is among a handful of the world's leading centers.

Rather than isolating faculty members, students, and laboratories into separate and distinct disciplines, as in many universities, a cooperative, collaborative spirit is encouraged and embraced. While the level of scientific investigation is intense, the atmosphere is collegial, relaxed, and informal. Technicians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrative support staff all are considered part of the team and are given the latitude and responsibility to accomplish their tasks to serve the best interests of science. The pursuit of scientific excellence is paramount and all efforts are directed toward that end.


TSRI’s philosophy emphasizes the creation of basic knowledge in the biosciences for its application in medicine, the pursuit of fundamental scientific advances through interdisciplinary programs and collaborations, and the education and training of researchers preparing to meet the scientific challenges of the future.


The Scripps Research Institute has two campuses: its headquarters in La Jolla, CA, and a facility in Jupiter, FL.

  • The La Jolla campus provides more than 1 million square feet of space on 35 acres of land (14.7 of which are owned by the institute) next to the Pacific Ocean. Located in close proximity to the University of California, San Diego, the campus is situated with easy access to San Diego's scientific community, which includes the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, as well as a concentration of some 300 biotechnology companies.  For more information, see the California campus home page.
  • The Jupiter, FL, campus consists of a 350,000-square-foot facility consisting of three buildings completed in early 2009. Adjacent to Florida Atlantic University and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the Scripps Florida campus is at the center of an emerging cluster of biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms. For more information, see the Florida campus home page.


The more than 200 principal investigators at TSRI include many distinguished leaders in their fields who have won numerous awards and honors, including two Nobel Prizes and election to a variety of honorary societies.

While academic divisions are de-emphasized across the institute to encourage collaboration, each faculty member belongs to an academic department. A variety of academic centers and consortia also exist within the institute.

TSRI faculty are among the most prolific and entrepreneurial in the world, with:

Learn more about TSRI’s Scientific Achievements.

Educational Programs

In addition to the training of hundreds of postdoctoral fellows (see Postdoctoral Services), TSRI offers a distinguished graduate program in the biological and chemical sciences as well as outreach programs for high school and middle school students, teachers, and undergraduates.

Launched in 1989, TSRI’s Graduate Program is ranked among the top graduate schools in the country according to a number of metrics, including U.S. News & World Report. The publication now ranks TSRI’s Graduate Program seventh overall in chemistry, with a ranking of sixth in the specialty of organic chemistry and second in the specialty of biochemistry. The school is also rated ninth overall in the biological sciences. The school can now boast more than 500 accomplished alumni, who work in both academics and industry. For more information, see the Graduate Program webpage.

In addition, TSRI provides opportunities for younger students and their teachers to learn more about science and scientific careers. From internships to workshops, outreach activities aim to generate excitement about the power and potential of the biomedical sciences. For more information, see Outreach Programs.


TSRI aims to attract faculty and staff at the top of their fields. Currently, the institute employs more than 2,400 people:


Faculty: 169
Scientific staff: 422
Research associates: 327
Scientific and administrative support: 762
Students: 265

California Total: 1,945


Faculty: 44
Scientific staff: 138
Research associates: 145
Scientific and administrative support: 154
Students:  68 

Florida Total:  549 

Total: 2,494 

(Updated quarterly: Figures as of  April 2, 2018)

For more information on joining our team, see Careers.


Grants and contracts provide funding for a significant portion of the institute's research activities. This revenue is derived primarily from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. In addition, grantors include, among others, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Partnerships with industry provide additional revenue for research, while advancing new therapies for patients in need. TSRI currently has more than 30 active partnerships. These partners have included Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson. For more information on licensing and partnership opportunities, see the Office of Technology Development.

Gifts from individuals and private foundations also provide an important source of funding for TSRI. For more information on supporting the institute, see Making a Difference Together.

Financial statements (pdf) are available for the year ending:

September 30, 2016 and 2015

The establishment of the Scripps Florida campus was made possible by a one-time $310 million appropriation of federal economic development funds and by the Florida State Legislature and by an economic package provided by Palm Beach County.