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Research provides immeasurable value to society — from lifesaving medical treatments to clean energy technologies to more effective teaching methods. But the process of creating that value — from advanced equipment to the specialized training of the dedicated experts carrying it out — requires substantial resources. Philanthropy plays a vital role in funding this work.

We are making a difference

ASU is committed to advancing research and discovery of public value and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. Our researchers are taking on the most daunting challenges that humans and our planet face. The rapid growth of our research enterprise is a testament to our success in creating solutions and bringing them to market.

Donor impact

Beus gift powers up revolutionary science instrument

In 2019, Leo and Annette Beus invested $10 million at ASU to advance the world’s first compact X-ray free electron laser (CXFEL) and revolutionize applications in medicine, renewable energy, materials science and more. Only five XFELs exist in the world today. Scientists face long wait times to access these multi-billion-dollar, miles-long instruments. The CXFEL will enable universities, hospitals and other organizations to develop their own powerful tools at a fraction of the cost and size.

With help from the Beus gift, the project’s first phase — the compact X-ray light source, a powerful tool in its own right — generated its first X-rays in February 2023. This progress enabled ASU to successfully win $90.8 million from the National Science Foundation to complete the final stages of the CXFEL. From the very beginning, the CXFEL project has also provided opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain invaluable hands-on learning experiences.

Invest in research that matters to you

Support planetary health

Give to the world’s first laboratory holistically dedicated to the health of our planet, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

Build humankind’s future in space

Through the Interplanetary Initiative, advance society through space exploration.

Accelerate entrepreneurship

By giving to the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, you bolster entrepreneurs at ASU and in the greater community at every stage.

Improve health and protect lives

A gift to the Biodesign Institute is an investment in better health outcomes and a more sustainable world.

Support character-driven leadership

The McCain Institute at Arizona State University champions character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity worldwide.

Address global security challenges

The Global Security Initiative advances transformative science and technology to meet the needs of defense and intelligence communities.

Advance the humanities

Help the Humanities Institute in their exploration of social and scientific issues through historical, philosophical and creative perspectives.

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Robert Cialdini’s gift to ASU’s Psych for Life program will allow access to practical insights for enhancing well-being.