UArizona Opens Applied Research Building

The Applied Research Building (ARB) is a highly specialized, one-of-a-kind, 89,000-square-foot facility that pairs new applied research capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

The ARB will support the work of faculty, staff, and students from several colleges, departments, institutes and centers to develop innovations in space exploration and advanced manufacturing.

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The University of Arizonas Applied Research Building at night

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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.

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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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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Link: Monday, April 17, 2023

On behalf of the Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Food Production in a Drying Climate, we invite you to share your thoughts, perspectives, and ideas through a survey. The survey questions are designed to help develop actions to include in our report to President Robbins.

While the Commission invites input on all six questions, we will appreciate receiving your response to as many as you would like to answer.  Access the survey at the link below. Please take a few moments to respond to the survey and kindly circulate it to others. Responses are due by April 27, 2023.

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Link: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Research, Innovation & Impact Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) will implement upgrades to the electronic Institutional Review Board (eIRB) system to provide the latest features and maintain quality performance.

This upgrade will cause the eIRB and eDisclosure systems to be unavailable beginning 8 a.m., Friday, April 21 through 8 a.m., Monday, April 24.


  • During the upgrade period, eIRB review and approval will be unavailable.
  • Submissions to the eIRB should be processed before 8 a.m., Friday, April 21, or after 8 a.m., Monday, April 24.
  • For urgent eIRB matters and just-in-time (JIT) requests that arise during this window: email Christine Melton-Lopez, director HSPP. 
  • For questions or more information: email the HSPP team.


  • During the upgrade period, individuals will be unable to disclose Outside Interests, Outside Activity and Substantial Interests. Individuals will not be able to submit Research Certifications and Outside Activity approval will not be available.
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) at Proposal Submission: for federal and sub-federal proposals due on or before Wednesday, April 26, investigators are encouraged to complete annual disclosures before 6 p.m., Thursday, April 20.
  • For routing proposals received during the upgrade period, the Office for Responsible Outside Interests (OROI) will rely on data from Thursday, April 20. Beginning 8 a.m., Monday, April 24, OROI will return to using live data.
  • UAccess Analytics dashboards: the eDisclosure Conflict of Interest dashboards will reflect data from Thursday, April 20 until Tuesday, April 25.


Link: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

The research you do is critical to the University’s mission and contributes to the scientific discovery and advancements that make us a top public research institution. As we work together to achieve our institutional research goals, we must continue to utilize the latest technology and security protocols to meet emerging regulatory and compliance guidelines. Doing so will help the University remain competitive for federal and state research grants and position us to gain greater insights and value from our vast data.

Securing our IT infrastructure

Today, the University operates a very large on-premise computing and storage infrastructure for diverse research activities and instruments. We recognize that a ‘one size fits all’ model is not the right approach to meet the growing needs of our research community. Instead, we aim to develop a secure, standardized yet flexible portfolio of solutions (including cloud and on-premise) that all faculty can use for their research needs.

University Information Technology Services has launched the Accelerating Secure IT Services (ASITS) Program to strengthen the security of our IT operations as an outcome of the 2018 IT Security Performance Audit. The ASITS program is currently in the early stages of gathering requirements and planning for the University’s future research computing and storage needs. By June 2025, this new program will provide campus units and researchers with network, server and laptop services that are centrally-supported and institutionally-funded.

A collaborative approach

UITS and Research Innovation and Impact (RII) are committed to embarking on this critically important work in a collaborative manner without disrupting or adversely impacting research activities. UITS and RII will collaborate with faculty, staff, students and IT Liaisons that have been appointed by college and division leadership to develop the best, cost-optimized solutions that meet the University’s research and security requirements.

The College of Science has volunteered to be an early implementor of this approach with UITS and RII to smooth the process for the rest of the University research community. Additional email updates will be shared as we make progress on this initiative. You can also visit the ASITS webpage for the latest information.

Supporting faculty and your research computing needs – both now and in the future – is an important priority for us. We look forward to partnering with you to make the University’s research activities more secure and resilient from evolving cybersecurity threats.  

If you have any questions about the ASITS Program, please contact UITS at


Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

Barry Brummund
Chief Information Officer


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

Prior to travel, to avoid collaborating with a prohibited party, foreign parties should be screened using the Restricted Party Screening tool. Export Control or your Department Administrator can assist with conducting screenings. 

International Activities
Export Control

An up-to-date COI disclosure (either an Annual Disclosure or Research Certification submitted within the last 364 days) is required at the time of proposal to a federal funding agency.

Additionally, Federal regulations prohibit expenditures on Awards until after the COI review process is complete. Our office desires to see all funded research go forward without delay.

Therefore, to avoid Award Holds, you are asked to submit Research Certifications early. Generally, Research Certifications are available in eDisclosure 60 days prior to the project start date listed in the Institutional Proposal. (For certain clinical trials, it may be fewer than 60 days) eDisclosure will send a notification to the Investigator as part of the UAccess Research/Sponsored Projects integration. If at any time you have been informed that any given project was not funded  you would then advise as soon as possible that the specific project will not be funded and no action is required for the Research Certification.

Research Investigators
Office for Responsible Outside Interests

The Search Records feature will return results excluding disapproved and cancelled documents, while the individual searches in Common Tasks (Awards, Negotiations, Proposals, Subawards) will return all results, including disapproved and cancelled documents. 

Additionally, the Search Records feature is limited by your access/role, whereas the individual searches are not. Search Records will only return results for items you have access to, either because you created the document, you were provided an access role to the document, you are listed as personnel on the document, or you have been provisioned as a unit viewer/approver. You should be able to open any document that appears in your Search Records results. Individual searches in Common Tasks (Awards, Negotiations, Proposals, Subawards) will return all results, regardless of access, however you will only be able to open items for which you have access.  

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