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Growing Arizona:
TRIF at work at ASU

Arizona’s Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) fuels research and innovation at our state’s public universities, advancing our state’s economy today and into the future.

How TRIF benefits Arizona

TRIF investment creates an ecosystem that empowers businesses to succeed in our state. Arizona’s long-term commitment to research attracts and generates companies that advance emerging technologies and helps them stay ahead of disruptive trends.

Our universities provide the talent, knowledge and infrastructure companies need to thrive in competitive industries. In turn, they create stable, high-wage jobs and invest in their communities — a “virtuous cycle” of economic growth and human well-being for generations to come.

TRIF impact at Arizona State University

At ASU, TRIF funding supports projects and initiatives in health, sustainability, national security and space exploration, and workforce development. ASU transforms these investments into big gains for Arizona. Programs seeded by TRIF go on to attract significant federal and philanthropic funding, recruit exceptional talent, and create new products and businesses that generate high-quality jobs.


$2.3 billion

in external funding attracted, a threefold return on investment


graduate students and postdocs and 8,600+ undergraduate students trained


U.S. patents issued


startup companies launched

Saving lives and improving health

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ASU hits milestone of 1 millionth COVID-19 test

It took many partners, workers and volunteers to provide saliva testing to public and the university community

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ASU’s research enterprise and the community unite against a pandemic

As COVID-19 threatened the lives, livelihoods and mental well-being of people worldwide, Arizona State University met the unprecedented challenges with speed, agility and, most of all, teamwork.

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A new model of Alzheimer’s progression

A new study from the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Research Center (NDRC) and MIT/Koch Institute sheds new light on how disease processes manifest in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Creating solutions for air, water and energy

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ASU receives $6.36 million grant to launch Pacific Island research center

Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the center will support research into how Pacific Island communities can build resilience to extreme climate events.

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ASU, partners announce completion of Allen Coral Atlas mapping

ASU alongside atlas founding partners at Vulcan Inc., National Geographic, Planet and & University of Queensland presented to the world a complete projection of the planet’s coral ecosystems.

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A new age of energy dawns at ASU

From rooftop panels that shrink our utility bills to chargers for our smartphones, there’s an endless variety of solar-powered gadgets and products under the sun. Yet many people are in the dark about the history of harnessing solar power.

Protecting human safety and security

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Cybersecurity competition challenges next generation of security experts

As the tide of cyberattacks continue to rise, so does the need for digital defenders who understand how their adversaries think.

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How will we protect American infrastructure from cyberattacks?

ASU is home to a bevy of experts on cybersecurity — in fields from computer science and law to business and humanities — who have come together in order to understand and solve this complex, far-reaching problem.

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ASU to create ‘algorithmic armor’ to combat disinformation in media

A public-private partnership will bring interdisciplinary researchers together to design tools for the defense against disinformation.

Pioneering a new space age

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Office space: ASU, Blue Origin to create business park in orbit

Arizona State University is partnering with Blue Origin to create Orbital Reef, a mixed-use space station for commerce, research and tourism. The station will open new markets and make living and working in space a reality for more businesses, scientific efforts and nations.

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ASU-led LunaH-Map spacecraft safely delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

LunaH-Map is a fully functional interplanetary spacecraft and is the first mission to be led, designed, assembled, integrated, tested and delivered from the ASU Tempe campus.

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Students’ lunar exploration system is a finalist in NASA competition

Students in ASU’s Luminosity Lab designed a launcher and probe system that could help shed light on the moon’s mysterious — and potentially water-storing — permanently shadowed regions.

Empowering a thriving workforce

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ASU students named US finalists in Red Bull Basement global competition

Two ASU undergraduates were selected from 182 applications nationwide for their innovative note-taking tool, Jotted.

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The impact of empowering student entrepreneurs

Reflecting on one year as the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU.

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National security accelerator advances faculty and student ideas and technologies

The new National Security Academic Accelerator pilot program at ASU advances dual-use ventures capable of serving both commercial and defense markets.

How TRIF is funded

In 2000, Arizona voters approved a 0.6 cent sales tax increase to raise funds for education through Proposition 301. In 2018, Gov. Doug Ducey extended the sales tax increase for an additional 20 years by signing SB 1390. While the majority of the revenue goes to K-12 education, a small portion of the fund fuels research, workforce development and technology transfer at Arizona’s three public universities through TRIF, which is administered by the Arizona Board of Regents.