Expanding the Boundaries of Knowledge
Northern Arizona University is committed to expanding the
boundaries of knowledge through research. Widely recognized as the major
research university producing basic and applied knowledge that addresses the
challenges of the interior western United States, the NAU research enterprise
also boasts strengths in bioengineering and biosciences, genetics and genomics,
ecology and environmental research, forestry, sustainability, climate science, astronomy,
and Native American health and wellness.
The research enterprise has grown steadily over the past 40
years and is now in the midst of a period of intensive, deliberate growth and
change designed to have both immediate and long-term impact—both on the
university as well as on the region and state. Such growth is in line with the Arizona
Board of Regents’ Higher Education Enterprise Plan, which tasks Arizona
universities with approximately doubling research expenditures and significantly
enhancing the impact of research activities through the year 2020 and beyond.
With ever-increasing scholarship, research capacity and accomplishments
in technology transfer, Northern Arizona University plays a key role in
positioning Arizona as a national and international competitor in the global
marketplace of knowledge and technology.