Funding Sources

University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation

Our office supports world-class research and discovery by University faculty, staff, and students, who are asking bigger questions and generating better answers every day. As Arizona’s premier research university, the University of Arizona is ranked among the top 25 of public research universities nationwide and is a member of the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU). While such rankings are important marker of our success, it is the impact of our research that matters most. Our research is creating the next generation of knowledge—and is translated and applied to society’s grand challenges—to enhance economic development and promote a rich quality of life. Through research experiences in and out of the classroom with our award-winning faculty, students have unparalleled opportunities to discover, learn, and to be prepared for the competitive global economy.

University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

SBS is home to twenty-three schools, departments, research units, and outreach centers, and our programs are some of the most highly ranked in the country, with a collective research prominence rivaling that of the nation’s best public higher education institutions. Students in SBS learn how to gather and analyze information, think critically, communicate effectively, and make sound decisions. We prepare students for leadership roles and give them the tools they need to be productive and thoughtful citizens. Particularly in the areas of social affiliations, nationality, race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, and sexuality, we help students better understand themselves and others, here and globally. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ mission is to advance research on people; to engage new generations of scholars in the process of discovery through undergraduate and graduate teaching; and to share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach. We aim to provide a superior educational experience that prepares students for productive careers as they make their way beyond university life. We work to produce the next generation of scholar-teachers and community leaders

University of Arizona College of Science

The University of Arizona College of Science brings together globally prominent faculty in disciplines at the core of scientific inquiry and education. One of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona, we are a nexus of award-winning programs that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research. Our academic departments, schools and research units encompass the range of physical, mathematical, environmental, cognitive and life sciences. UA Science is among the most powerful and prolific academic research centers in the world, recognized and rewarded for the unparalleled caliber of our achievements. With over 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, we are an integrative learning institution, where accomplished faculty and next-generation scientists engage side-by-side in groundbreaking research. Our scientists and students also share their knowledge with the local and broader community through extensive outreach and public service initiatives. Our mission is to encourage the aggressive pursuit of research excellence, to support novel teaching and outreach programs and to create economic opportunities for our community.

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society/Ludwig Maximillian University and the Deutsches Museum, Munich

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences. A nonprofit institution, the RCC was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Deutsches Museum, with the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Our namesake is the American biologist, nature writer, and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health.

Our mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature. We contribute to public and scholarly debates about past transformations and future challenges in environment and society. Our work harnesses the interpretative power of the humanities (and social sciences) to contextualize technologies, economies, and policies. By bringing together scholars who work in various disciplines and national contexts, and communicating the results of their research, the RCC aims to internationalize the environmental humanities and to raise its profile as a globally significant and growing field.

The Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona

The mission of the Institute of the Environment is to advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges in Arizona and around the planet. We embrace the significance of our location in the desert Southwest and harness the collaborative expertise at the University of Arizona and among its partners to help societies, especially those in dry regions, make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future. We invest in creative scholarship and cutting-edge research, promote the environmental enterprise of the University, and train students and faculty alike to convey their insights to the world.

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Founded in 1989, the Udall Center specializes in issues related to environmental policy and Indigenous nations policy. The Center maintains a close and permanent relationship with the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, a federal agency based in Tucson.

University of Arizona College of Humanities

Through its various programs, the College aims to help students become both concerned citizens and employable graduates. Our scholarly research is central to the world’s grand challenges. There is a high and growing demand for the humanities’ expertise in literatures, cultures, religions, languages/multilingualism, and foreign analysis. Humanists’ skills (such as critical thinking, adapting quickly to unfamiliar environments, intercultural competence, and the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds) are the perfect complement to any other discipline and are at the core to the eventual solving of some of today’s grand challenges.

We leverage passion and skill to solve some of the world’s toughest human challenges. The humanities feed the world and combat poverty, global warming, and diseases. We create leaders through intercultural competency. We promote and protect democracy, ethics, freedom of expression, and human rights. We connect people and cultures across the world and down the street. We are the World Wide Web. We understand and embrace new technologies and innovations. We regulate the stock market and the economy. We catch asteroids and explore space. We create global problem-solvers. We humanize the world.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.

KTH is working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment

SNRE is a world leader in pursuing science that informs how environmental change impacts arid and semi-arid systems and how best to adapt to environmental challenges. We are a cohort of students, faculty, and staff who take great pride in our focus on problem-driven research, teaching, and extension encompassing all aspects of environmental stewardship. Our research answers important questions about how ecosystems respond under environmental or human pressures. We develop strategies to help mitigate the effects of these pressures, helping to create and maintain healthy and sustainable ecological systems.

University of Arizona Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

A unique combination of ecology and culture, Tumamoc is an 860-acre ecological preserve in the heart of Tucson. Its innovative, sustained, long-term environmental studies have made it a US National Historical Landmark. A 2500-year-old  village sits atop Tumamoc Hill and the rich cultural context of four millennia of human society lie at its feet.

Tumamoc's Desert Laboratory (1903) gave birth to the sciences of physiological ecology and arid land studies. Its permanent study plots include the world's nine oldest (1906). It is the world's first and oldest restoration ecology project (1907). The Desert Lab began by studying the reestablishment of natural conditions within its boundaries. Today, researchers continue to track these changes as well as delve deeper into the functioning, origin, and future of the Sonoran Desert.


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences