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The Campaign for the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is a research powerhouse driven to solve the world’s toughest challenges. Your investments in the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact help students and researchers thrive—enhancing economic development and promoting a rich quality of life for all.

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The University of Arizona is a research powerhouse driven to solve the world’s toughest challenges. Your investments in research help students and researchers enhance the quality of life for all.

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UArizona Research, Innovation & Impact

The Office for Research, Innovation and Impact advances the world-class research enterprise at the University of Arizona, a top-ranking public institution with over $955M in annual research expenditures. Our bold, forward-thinking innovators are focused on transformational discoveries and inventions that address the world’s most complex, pressing challenges.

We support researchers with resources, training, and specialized facilities, and foster collaboration across disciplines through university institutes and centers.

By providing hands-on research opportunities, direct access to faculty and professional mentorship, and programs that help encourage an entrepreneurial mindset, we prepare students to leave UArizona and thrive.

Through an unwavering commitment to our land-grand mission, we stimulate economic development, societal impact, and improved life and health in Arizona and beyond.

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Top 20
in R&D expenditures among public universities
start-ups launched
NASA-funded activity
top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars
licenses and options for university inventions
geography research

Our researchers are leading the way in critical areas.


Situated in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, UArizona is a living laboratory. Our researchers are mitigating the impacts of climate change and extreme heat, critical threats to agriculture and food production, and dwindling water and energy resources, all while developing solutions to feed a growing, global population that is fast approaching nine billion people. Our focus is resilience, the practice of designing environmental and social systems to anticipate and integrate with global change.


UArizona researchers are combining the power of interdisciplinary expertise with innovative technology to create new solutions for global health challenges. Our expansive health-related infrastructure includes bioscience, biomedicine, and wellness-focused centers and institutes, Arizona’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, and specialized facilities to support the development and commercialization of personalized prevention strategies, targeted treatments, and potential cures of complex diseases that impact our loved ones.


UArizona has an unparalleled history of achievement in the space sciences anchored by Steward Observatory, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and the Arizona Space Institute. In addition to leading NASA’s first mission to collect and return a sample from the surface of an asteroid, our researchers are set to lead its $20 million Aspera mission to observe galaxy processes hidden from view until now. Our Space Act partnership with NASA allows for collaborative research and technology development related to human spaceflight and builds the student talent pipeline.


Through strategic academic, industry, and federal partnerships as well as quality education and cutting-edge research and innovation, UArizona is helping to position our state as a world leader in quantum information science and engineering. By accelerating networking technologies and applications, we will transform medicine, data security, defense, computing, communications, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems.

National Security

National security initiatives at UArizona focus on partnerships with defense, intelligence, and industry to advance research and develop the workforce of tomorrow. Through collaborative research and tech transfer, we are improving the agility and resiliency of U.S. national security, from helping predict and prevent cyberattacks to advancing military operations in space. UArizona is home to two hypersonic facilities and wind tunnels that permit testing from Mach 0 to Mach 5.


Beyond people, data is our most valuable resource for expanding human potential. At UArizona, innovative information systems and computational methods are being used to transform big data into knowledge. Collaborative, transdisciplinary institutes and centers are unlocking new research possibilities at the intersections between information, people, and technology. And unique experiential training programs and cutting-edge academic curriculum are preparing our students and university partners for in-demand, data-focused careers.

We're committed to our students, our communities, and our values.

Experiential Learning

When education comes to life through hands-on experiences and mentorship, students graduate with the skills they need to excel in the workforce. Both in and out of the classroom, UArizona students acquire critical collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills. Whether through research in the lab, artistic expression on the stage, or even launching an entrepreneurial venture, our students learn from exciting, immersive experiences.

Economic Development

With a multibillion-dollar impact, the reach of UArizona research dollars spans well beyond university labs. UArizona’s research and innovation ecosystem translates cutting-edge discoveries into patented intellectual property and transforms work done at the bench into products available in the marketplace. Through the growth of start-ups, creation of in-demand jobs, and impact multiplier of industry partnerships, we fuel economic prosperity in Arizona.

Societal Impact

As Arizona’s designated land-grant university, we are committed to improving and enriching the lives of real people across our state through accessible education and training, groundbreaking research, and unique outreach and engagement programs that make a difference in our communities. With the drive and determination to tackle grand challenges such as environmental sustainability, healthcare innovation, social equity, and technological advancement, UArizona is paving the way toward a brighter future for all.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) expands the capacity of UArizona’s research and innovation enterprise with a focus on translating big ideas into important new knowledge and using the power of that knowledge to improve lives and communities in Arizona and across the globe.

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The Innovation Engine

Arizona FORGE

Arizona FORGE serves as a unique innovation community that combines start up acceleration with experiential student education.

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Tech Parks Arizona

Tech Parks Arizona comprises three facilities: UA Tech Park at Rita Road, UA Tech Park at The Bridges, and The University of Arizona Center for Innovation.

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Tech Launch Arizona

UArizona fosters a culture of commercialization through Tech Launch Arizona, the vehicle for moving inventions, technologies, and intellectual property from the laboratory into the marketplace.

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Corporate Engagement

The University of Arizona’s mission is to improve the prospects and enrich the lives of the people of Arizona and the world through education, research, creative expression, and community and business partnerships.

Support for Researchers

Project Lifecycle


Link: Friday, November 17, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Research, Innovation and Impact has established a Research Security Program (RSP) in response to federal requirements and to strengthen protections of University research and development against foreign government interference and exploitation.  

The RSP will work with partners from across campus to implement federal programmatic guidelines, trainings, tools, and best practices for research security.

The program will be led by Taren Ellis Langford, who will serve as the University’s point of contact for research security matters in addition to her role as Senior Director for the Office for Responsible Outside Interests.

For more information, and to learn what you should do to protect University research and development, visit the Research Security Program webpage or contact Langford at tmellis@arizona.edu.


Elliott Cheu
Interim Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

Link: Monday, August 21, 2023

In June, the U.S. government issued a new interim Federal Acquisition Regulation clause (FAR) for federal contracts that prohibits the presence or use of the social networking service TikTok or any successor application or service developed or provided by ByteDance.

This new interim rule is intended to safeguard the security and integrity of federally funded research due to ongoing security concerns about TikTok. The federal government issued an executive order to remove TikTok from federal devices in February, and Arizona Governor Hobbs issued a similar executive order for Arizona state agencies in April.

Action Required

All University-related persons participating in government contracts must comply with the new interim FAR clause which prohibits the installation and use of TikTok and other ByteDance applications on a cellphone, computer, or other device used in the performance of federal contract work. This applies to any:

  • University-issued personal computing device.
  • Non-university issued personal computing device used “to a significant extent” in conducting FAR-covered research.
  • Device being used while traveling to China.

Please note: UITS has blocked the use of TikTok and ByteDance applications within the university-controlled research environment and removed them from computing devices managed by UITS. In addition, UITS is working with IT staff across campus to ensure these applications are removed from all university-managed devices.  

Exemptions and Support 

  • Questions about compliance with the FAR clause: email Office of Research Contracts at contracting@arizona.edu or Health Sciences Research Administration Contracts Office at UAHSContracts@arizona.edu.
  • To submit an exception to use TikTok and/or ByteDance applications for academic research purposes: email the Office of Research Contracts at contracting@arizona.edu.
  • For assistance with removing TikTok and other ByteDance applications from your device(s): contact the 24/7 Support Center.  
Thank you for your support in protecting University systems and information such as academic records, research, and other sensitive data.  

Elliott Cheu
Interim Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation

Barry Brummund
Chief Information Officer

Link: Friday, July 21, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

After many productive years operating as the University of Arizona Genetics Core, we are excited to announce that as of Aug. 1, 2023, our lab will officially be known as Arizona Genetics Core (AZGC).

This change better reflects our scope and purpose as well as our commitment to advancing research, innovation, and collaboration in genetics and genomics in partnership with University of Arizona researchers and investigators throughout the state and beyond. We are excited about the opportunities the future holds and look forward to continuing our mission of providing quality genetic core services and training.

Please update your records accordingly, and visit our website for more information about our lab's current services. You may also contact our facility by phone or email.

Phone: 520-621-9791
Email: azgc@arizona.edu


Researchers ask great questions. We've done our best to answer them. Below is a random sampling of a few of these.

Prior to IRB submission, all projects that will utilize Banner Health resources (i.e., facilities, patients, employees) must be entered into the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) Research Administration Portal (RAP). Upon submission to the IRB, please upload RAP approval to eIRB. In addition, the IRB also requires that the UA Medical Consent Form be used when Banner Health resources will be utilized.

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Human Subjects Protection Program

Disclosure of Information restricts the release of information unless the information is already in the public domain, the Prime Contracting Officer has given prior written approval, or the results during the performance of the project involved no covered defense information and has been determined by the Prime Contracting Officer to be fundamental research.

CUI Overview
Export Control

An IND is not needed for studies involving marketed drugs such as:

  • Some studies using commercially marketed drugs
  • Some studies using in vitro diagnostic biological products (e.g., blood grouping serum, reagent red blood cells, anti-human globulin)
  • Studies using drugs in vitro or in laboratory research animals

Investigational New Drug (IND) Resources
Human Subjects Protection Program

Research Facilities