Office for Research, Innovation and Impact

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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.


Betsy Cantwell

"Philanthropists look at all aspects of a university, and say, 'This is how can I help.' Philanthropists who are alumni, for example, have experienced what it means to be a student at a research university like UArizona and to be surrounded and taught by visionary, innovative faculty. Because of their educational experience with us, these philanthropists have a holistic view of the value we provide, from providing students with unique opportunities to bolstering Arizona’s economy."

– Betsy Cantwell, Senior Vice President for 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. 


Indigenous Resilience Center (IRC)

Help provide support for Indigenous students, staff and faculty working with Native Nations to build resiliency to climate impacts.

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Arizona FORGE Fund

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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Carson Scholars Program

Become a part of a community of individuals and businesses whose financial support is critical to the continued excellence of UArizona environmental programs, research, and scholarship. Contributions to the Rachel Carson Circle support the Carson Scholars and the Carson Scholars Program.

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Diana Liverman Scholars Program

Support this extension of the Carson Scholars Program for graduate students, founded by Diana Liverman in 2011, to help prepare UArizona undergraduate students as the leaders and problem-solvers of tomorrow. 

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Tech Launch Arizona (TLA)

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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