Research Profile

"Research is a critical part of our mission. We look for the next places where research can tie into the commercial sector and positively affect the future of northern Arizona." –NAU President John Haeger

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.