International Research & Defense Offsets

Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) supports international efforts at UArizona through proposal development for international research collaborations and scholar exchange. International development projects are supported through the Office of International Development.

While distinct, RII’s efforts complement and often extend the work of our colleagues in Arizona International. For more information on UArizona’s Microcampus initiatives, please click here

International Research Collaboration

Our international research support focuses on enhancing collaboration abroad by identifying funding sources for international research projects, developing strong strategies for research proposals, and exploring resources to support international scholar exchange to spark and enhance international research collaborations. If needed, our team can coordinate with the appropriate UArizona entities to support the establishment of research partnerships, specifically with institutions of higher education abroad. We are also the Fulbright Scholar liaisons for campus and support Fulbright activities annually.

For international research and scholar exchange, please contact Emily Kotay, Assistant Director of International Research.

Defense Offsets/Industrial Cooperation

Our Offset Program works with faculty and researchers to jointly develop and execute mutually beneficial sponsored offset projects that focus on knowledge and/or technology transfer-based capabilities. Offset projects facilitate the implementation and extension of UArizona’s research knowledge and technologies overseas. Long-term partnerships result between UArizona and parties involved in offset projects, which include domestic/international defense company sponsors, and international partners and beneficiaries including industry, universities, and governments. Offsets are sponsored by US or international defense companies as a reciprocal requirement that most countries include as a result of their international procurement of defense systems. Examples of current countries with offset programs and policies that may interest UArizona faculty include Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Malaysia, Oman, Peru, Taiwan [ROC], Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and some European countries.

Examples of UArizona’s diverse, interdisciplinary offset concepts/topics include:

  • Laboratory Infrastructure Development and Staffing
  • Water Security/Technologies; Arid Land Sustainability, Environment; Climate Change; Environmental Health
  • Food Security
  • Lifestyles Intervention; Diabetes Care; Precision Medicine
  • Cyber Laboratories, Infrastructure and Security
  • Optical Sciences
  • Space Situational Awareness/Asset Protection; Astronomy, Observation, Telescopes; Planetary Sciences, Spacecraft, Sensors, Earth Observation
  • Leadership Development Programs for Government and Industry
  • Transportation Technologies
  • Mining and Minerals Capabilities
  • STEM for Youth

For defense offsets, please contact Todd Shallcross, Director of Defense Offset Programs.

International Research Coordination Group

RII hosts an International Coordination Group (ICG). The purpose of the ICG is to generate interest in international research, offsets, and international development projects, and create on-campus collaborations between faculty/departments for these projects.

The group will meet on the third Wednesday, September-April (with no meeting in December) from 9:00am-10:00am. 

ICG is open to UArizona faculty, postdocs, research staff, and graduate students.

Zoom Registration is Required (you will need to register with your email account).

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