UArizona Research, Innovation & Impact
The Office for Research, Innovation and Impact supports the world-class research enterprise at the University of Arizona, which has more than $824M in research activity. Our researchers continue to forge innovative pathways, form powerful collaborations and make remarkable discoveries.
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The Latest Research, Innovation & Impact News
Take a trip under the sea at new, interactive Flandrau exhibit
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium's newest exhibit, "Undersea Discovery," takes visitors on a journey from the ocean shore to its rarely seen depths, providing a look at the colorful animals and plants that make up the vast waters of the world.
Study provides deeper insight into long COVID
Symptoms of long COVID include fatigue, brain fog and dizziness that last for months or years after a person is initially infected. A study of nearly 10,000 Americans found that long COVID may be more common and severe in those infected before the 2021 omicron variant.
UArizona named a top Peace Corps volunteer-producing school
UArizona ranks No. 15 among large schools on the Peace Corps' list of colleges and universities that produced the most volunteers between 2003 and 2023. Since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, more than 1,720 UArizona alumni have served abroad as volunteers.
UArizona receives $3M for retention and career prep programs for Hispanic students
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education's Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, will fund activities focused on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including a student internship program, first-year writing curriculum and faculty fellowships.
NASA honors UArizona Regents Professors, alumna for contributions to space exploration and astronomy
Regents Professors Marcia and George Rieke and UArizona alumna Jane Rigby were recognized for their accomplishments in astronomy and key contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope.
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 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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Support for Researchers
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.
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.
- For questions about COI at proposal submission: email Ismael Jaimez.
- For urgent conflict of interest and conflict of commitment matters during the planned upgrade period: email Taren Ellis Langford.
- For questions about submitting a disclosure or what to disclose: contact Judi Lopez and Ann De Bellis at DisclosureHelp@list.arizona.edu.
- For other questions or more information, please contact OROI.
Link: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
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.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
Chief Information Officer
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.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible that the specific project will not be funded and no action is required for the Research Certification.
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.
UAccess Research Update
Centers and Institutes
Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR)
AIR includes 15 centers and programs that work together to integrate research, education, and community engagement to develop local and global strategies for solutions to environmental change.
Institute for Computation and Data-Enabled Insight
Led by a University of Arizona alumnus, the Institute for Computation and Data-Enabled Insight also will explore the societal questions driving how and why data is used.
The BIO5 Institute tackles complex problems, using the collaborative power of five core research areas: agriculture, engineering, medicine, science, and pharmacy.
Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratory
Applied NanoBioscience & Medicine nanofabrication facility (Phoenix)
Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AzVDL)