TRIF: Research, Innovation, Impact

Investing in Arizona and solving our biggest challenges

Through TRIF, or the Technology and Research Initiative Fund, the University of Arizona creates impactful solutions to state and global problems, prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow and contributes as one of the largest economic engines for Arizona.

 

Established with public support via voter approval, TRIF is an essential resource for growing Arizona’s economy and providing opportunities for Arizona residents to work, learn and thrive.

2021-2024

A Bold, Achievable Vision

Continued TRIF investment will enable us to position Arizona as The Resilient State, capable of dealing with any challenge. Through TRIF, UArizona will:

Help create an agile and dynamic state economy
Support a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem
Produce a workforce that stays in Arizona and adapts to any challenge
Expand the technical prowess, innovation and discovery synonymous with UArizona

 

Help create an agile and dynamic state economy

Support a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem

Produce a workforce that stays in Arizona and adapts to any challenge

Expand the technical prowess, innovation and discovery synonymous with UArizona

 

2021 - 2024 Goals

Building on past impacts to solve the state's biggest challenges through shared infrastructure, advanced research and complex partnerships.

 

• Wearable technologies and therapeutics
• Pandemic prediction, prevention and preparedness
• Non-invasive imaging
• Therapies for age-related and neurodegenerative diseases

• Wearable technologies and therapeutics
• Pandemic prediction, prevention and preparedness
• Non-invasive imaging
• Therapies for age-related and neurodegenerative diseases

 

• Future observing campaigns of the Event Horizon Telescope
• QISE systems engineering
• Underlying optical technologies

• Future observing campaigns of the Event Horizon Telescope
• QISE systems engineering
• Underlying optical technologies

 

• Vertical farming
• Environment-health continuum
• Energy-efficient water reuse and wastewater epidemiology
• Climate and energy forecasting

• Vertical farming
• Environment-health continuum
• Energy-efficient water reuse and wastewater epidemiology
• Climate and energy forecasting

 

• Experiential, hands-on learning
• Partnership with Arizona FORGE
• Recruitment from K-12 and Arizona community coleges
• Development of a mentoring program

• Experiential, hands-on learning
• Partnership with Arizona FORGE
• Recruitment from K-12 and Arizona community coleges
• Development of a mentoring program

 

• Countermeasures and solutions
• Advances in human-computer interaction
• Advanced communications
• Development of energy systems

• Countermeasures and solutions
• Advances in human-computer interaction
• Advanced communications
• Development of energy systems

Leading the Way

TRIF ensures the health, security and economic development of Arizona and the nation through groundbreaking research and education.

 

#1 in space exploration and optical sciences
UArizona has led the nation's universities in space sciences each year for the past two decades.

#1 in water resources
UArizona develops innovative solutions for environmental and energy sustainability in Arizona.

Strength in Numbers: 2017—2021

Training the next generation of innovation leaders

Postdoctoral
researchers:

1,195

Graduate
students:

4,054

Undergraduate
students:

3,780

Five Years of TRIF at UArizona

Invention
Disclosures:

633

US Patents
Issued:

134

Startup
Companies:

39

In the News

TRIF Funding Drives Discoveries and Solutions

Building the Next Internet

In partnership with Harvard, MIT and Yale, UArizona creates the foundation of the quantum internet.

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Space is Wildcat Country

UArizona stands at the forefront of discoveries that change the way we look at the world.

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Taking on COVID-19

See how TRIF-funded infrastructure enabled UArizona to tackle COVID-19 and prepare for future pandemics.

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Economic Impact

Fueling a powerful engine of growth

At the University of Arizona, TRIF enhances the economic development of the state by:

  Catalyzing research that ties to Arizona businesses

  Translating research results into new products and services that benefit the state

  Providing infrastructure through research and business development services and facilities

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UArizona President Bobby Robbins receives a Covid-19 vaccination

State & Global Impact

Transformative solutions to critical challenges

TRIF investments allow UArizona to deal effectively with threats and operate collectively through challenges.

  Tackling COVID-19 antibody testing head-on at the BIO5 Institute

  Discovering science-based solutions to Arizona’s water challenges

  Building complex partnerships to improve opioid crisis outcomes

Advancing Knowledge

Preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow

UArizona trains students to realize their highest potential and take on roles as innovation leaders in science and technology.

  Pairing high-school students with UArizona faculty to learn advanced research techniques

  Offering undergraduate Native American students programs in optics and environmental sciences

  Training teachers to address shortages in nursing, math, science and agriculture

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