Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES)
In November of 2000, Arizona voters made a 20-year commitment to stimulate innovation and research and to support Arizona’s knowledge-based economy. The landmark passage of Proposition 301, a 0.6% sales tax to be used for education in Arizona, included a new University-directed funding source, the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), which has been used to catalyze research and technology transfer at Arizona’s academic institutions. University of Arizona TRIF initiatives include: ‘Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions’, ‘Improving Health’, ‘Space Exploration and Optical Solutions’, and ‘National Security Systems’.
The Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions (WEES) initiative invests TRIF dollars in cutting-edge research, cross-campus collaborations, and innovative partnerships that promote fresh ideas, technologies, and effective resource management practices. TRIF-WEES-funded initiatives at the UA bring an average 8:1 return on investment and impact the education of more than 400 students each year. These funds create centers, support research, and facilitate the transfer of information from the university to the public in a myriad of ways.
WEES-TRIF News and Events
WEES Has a New Website!
TRIF-WEES has a new website! Along with the fresh new look, the new WEES website now contains a history of past investments, stories of success, and updated grant information. We designed the website to help Arizonan's learn about how TRIF-WEES investments boost innovation and research at UA of Arizona to the benefit of our state and its people, industries, and economy. The site also helps inform UA faculty members about how we work to create cross-campus connections as well as research feedback for early career faculty. If you have any questions about TRIF-WEES please contact Claire Zucker at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have questions about the website don't hesitate to get in touch with Matt Bigler at email@example.com.