Office for Research, Innovation and Impact

A photograph of Dr. Vishnu Reddy's Design Day team posing with one of two telescopes they designed.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Impact expands knowledge in the sciences through contemporary research and powerful collaborations.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Impact is responsible for advancing research across campus that fuels discoveries on how the digital, physical, and biological worlds come together to enhance everyday experiences. RII supports the university’s museum collections such as the Arizona State Museum and is home to many institutes and centers, including the BIO5 Institute, Data Science Institute, and the STEM Learning Center. Our programs give students and faculty the ability to dive headfirst into research on important contemporary issues like space exploration, climate and global environmental change and cybersecurity.

Our goal is to encourage researchers, students, and staff to be innovative, empowered learners who use their resources to make great discoveries. Through philanthropic giving, we can provide our faculty with the support and equipment they need to make innovative discoveries and we can set our students up for hands on experiences that will heighten their education. Your investments will help us create more research opportunities that make an impact in the UArizona community and beyond.


A photograph of Elliott Cheu, the Interim Senior Vice President

"Our community partners and donors all share one core conviction: the University of Arizona has the expertise and vision to make the world a better place. Their generosity empowers us to push the boundaries of knowledge, create life-changing innovations, and inspire the next generation of scholars and problem-solvers through experiential learning. Thank you for helping us shape a bright, prosperous future for all."

– Elliott Cheu, Interim Sr. VP of Research and Innovation


The University of Arizona is home to over 100 world-class research centers and institutes which serve as hubs of collaboration. UArizona is also home to world-class art and museums. Research, Innovation and Impact oversees a number of shared core research facilities. This extensive offering provides faculty, scientists and students with access to not only to the latest instrumentation, but also to experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data and more. 


BIO5 Institute

At BIO5, hundreds of researchers from more than 20 colleges and departments across the University of Arizona work together to advance the pace of scientific discovery. Support the collaborative power of agriculture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, and science to solve biological challenges, from local to global.

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Arizona FORGE 

Support Arizona FORGE (Finding Opportunities and Resources to Grow Entrepreneurs) and play a part in providing leadership to address the region’s environmental, social and economic needs.

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Tech Launch Arizona

Your donation will support efforts to move inventions stemming from university research and technological innovation into the marketplace where they can help grow the local ecosystem and create lasting social and economic impact.

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Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars (ASEMS) Program

Support promising students in graduating with a STEM major, focusing on those who who are from communities underrepresented in STEM.

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Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR)

Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) commits itself to the highest standards of research, the advancement of shared learning, continuous student enrichment and collaborations across the University of Arizona campus and beyond.

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