Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) is a funding initiative to integrate UA’s vast expertise in water, the environment, and energy. Established by the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents, WEES is co-managed by the Water Sustainability Program, the Institute of the Environment, and the Renewable Energy Program. WEES funds are used to support interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations concerning scientific, technological, and policy-related solutions to Arizona’s water, environment, and energy issues. Funding is allocated through such programs as competitive and matching research grants for faculty, support for the development of new multidisciplinary research centers, support for major proposal development, student funding opportunities, seed funding for new faculty, speaker and workshop grants, and events organized by the managing entities.
Funding for WEES has been approved through FY2016 by the Arizona Board of Regents. It is available through the Technology and Research Initiative Fund, established through voter-approved Proposition 301in 2000 as a portion of sales tax revenues.