Technology Research Initiative Fund (TRIF)

Proposition 301, passed by Arizona voters in November, 2000, added 0.6% to the state sales tax for the purpose of providing funds to:

  • K-12
  • community colleges
  • state universities

In response to Prop 301, TRIF was established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to manage these funds intended for the three Arizona state universities. As of June 30, 2008, ABOR received $409.9 million into TRIF. The TRIF agenda focuses on the following goals:

  • stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation, and research and development to support Arizona’s knowledge-based economy
  • increase access to higher education to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the needs of Arizona’s expanding economy
  • invest in infrastructure that will:
  • promote research and development partnerships with business
  • enhance technology transfer
  • connect knowledge creators with knowledge users
  • develop new programs and expand existing programs to prepare students for high technology industries in Arizona

In addition to a number of institution-wide TRIF initiatives, Northern Arizona University faculty and staff carry out a variety of research, education, and workforce development projects for two TRIF initiatives:

  • Water, Energy, and Environmental Solutions (WEES)
  • Improving Health
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