Frequently Asked Questions about Finding Internal Funding

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Research Development Grants are not designed as part of faculty retention or other reward but rather as a pathway to success for interdisciplinary research to accelerate competitiveness for extramural proposal submissions.

Internal funding programs are funded by UA administrations, colleges, or departments while external, sometimes called extramural, funding comes from a federal, state, or local agency, Foundation, or another non-UA source.

“Research Advancement Grants” describe the internal funding programs administered by RDI. Other departments or colleges on campus may also offer other internal funding programs. Frequently, the RDI Research Advancement Grants are discussed using the colloquial description of “Internal funding.” 

Arizona’s Technology and Research Initiative Fund investment has enabled thousands of scientific discoveries, over 950 patents, 328 new startup companies and hands-on training for approximately 39,000 students across Arizona’s three universities. Publicly supported through voter approval, TRIF is an essential resource for growing Arizona’s economy and providing opportunities for Arizona residents to work, learn and thrive. For the 2021 Arizona Board of Regents TRIF Annual Report visit the ABOR site.