UC San Diego will use a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the San Diego Science Festival, it was announced Thursday.
The three-year grant will also be used to fund UCSD's efforts to create and grow science festivals nationwide, according to the university.
This year's inaugural San Diego Science Festival was held in March and April and culminated with an "Expo Day'' in Balboa Park that drew 50,000 attendees, according to UCSD.
The "Expo Day'' was the largest single-day celebration of science in the nation, according to the university.
"We look forward to expanding our outreach efforts as the festival grows, and encouraging San Diego's youth to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology,'' said UCSD Vice Chancellor Penny Rue.
UCSD officials said they plan to announce the dates for the 2010 San Diego Science Festival soon.