Funding History

Funding History

Learn about TRIF-WEES funding support via the University of Arizona Research Advancement Grants and Faculty Hiring

On October 28, 2021, the Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) awarded Resilience Grants totaling nearly $400,000 to seven teams representing six UArizona colleges and 10 departments or units. The grants are funded by the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), administered by the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact and AIR and supported through Arizona sales tax revenues.

See below for a full list of funded projects.

Assessing the Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Diverse Vegetation Types in the Pinaleño Mountains, Arizona

  • Lead PI: Flurin Babst
  • Co-PIs: Donald Falk, Willem van Leeuwen, Jose Iniguez (US Forest Service), Jack Tribke (US Forest Service), Benjamin Poulter (NASA), Tyson Swetnam, Jeffrey Gillan, William Smith

A Dynamic Approach to Explain Flood Risk Exposure and Household Location Choice

  • Lead PI: Laura Bakkensen
  • Co-PIs: Lala Ma (University of Kentucky), Lucija Muehlenbachs (University of Calgary)

A Rapid Climate Change Vulnerability/Resiliency Assessment and Site-Specific Climate Adaptation Plan for San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation

  • Lead PI: Gregg Garfin
  • Co-PIs: Cie'na Schlaefli, Sally Pablo (both San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation)

Testing Media Lunas - a Cheap Technologically Simple Approach to Enhancing Soil Health and Resilience on Arizona Rangelands

  • Lead PI: Elise Gornish
  • Co-PIs: Trace Martyn, Albert Barberan, Joseph Blankinship, and Julia Sittig (Altar Valley Conservation Alliance)

Climate-Health Resilience through Physician Education

  • Co-PIs: Julia Jernberg
  • Co-PIs: Heidi Brown, Vjollca Berisha (Maricopa County Department of Public Health)

Mesquite Artisan Training for Climate-Resilient Management of Mesquite Savannas and Woodlands in Southern Arizona: Creating Jobs for a Restoration Economy

  • Lead PI: Gary Nabhan
  • Co-PIs: Aaron Lien, Denisse Ortega Lorona (Borderlands Restoration Network), Juliet Jivanti (Borderlands Restoration Network), Kurt Vaughn (Borderlands Restoration Network), Zach Farley (Borderlands Restoration Network)

Community Engagement for a River Restoration Project to Enhance Resilience in Nogales, Arizona

  • Lead PI: Adriana Zuniga Teran
  • Co-PIs: Sandra Bernal, Tony Colella, Robert Varady, Bo Yang, Joaquin Murrieta (Watershed Management Group), Angie Donelson (Donelson Consulting LLC)

On February 1, 2021, the Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) awarded Resilience Grants totaling $823,101 to 13 teams representing six UArizona colleges and 14 departments or units. The grants are funded by the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), administered by the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact and AIR and supported by a small portion of Arizona sales tax revenues.

See below for a full list of funded projects.

Co-Locating Agriculture and Renewable Energy Production to Create Resilient Food, Energy, and Water Systems in Arizona

  • Lead PI: Greg Barron-Gafford
  • Co-PI(s): Andrea Gerlak, William Holmgren

Building Resilience in Southern Arizona’s Local Food System

  • Lead PI: Laurel Bellante
  • Co-PI(s): Gigi Owen

Developing biological solutions for Arizona dust hazards

  • Lead PI: Joseph Blankinship
  • Co-PI(s): Alicja Babst-Kostecka, Albert Barberan, Jason Field,  Elise Gornish, Craig Rasmussen, A. Eduardo Saez, Malak Tfaily

Southwest Field Studies in Writing

  • Lead PI: Susan Briante
  • Co-PI(s): Francisco Cantu, Caleb Weaver

Indigenous resilience: Co-designing and deploying off-grid household solar nanofiltration water systems for remote Navajo communities

  • Lead PI: Karletta Chief
  • Co-PI(s): Vasiliki Karanikola, Andrew Curley, Robert Arnold, Torran Anderson, Kern Collymore, Janene Yazzie, Tommy Rock

Development of Injectable High-Affinity Polymers as a Green Technology for In-Situ Removal of PFAS from Contaminated Arizona Groundwaters

  • Lead PI: Jon Chorover
  • Co-PI(s): Leif Abrel, Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Jim Field, James Hatton, Matt Narter

Refining short-term forecasts to effectively manage buffelgrass in Arizona

  • Lead PI: Theresa Crimmins
  • Co-PI(s): Ben McMahan, Erin Posthumus, Alyss Rosemartin, Michael Crimmins

Building Resilience: A University-Community Partnership to Develop a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Maintenance Protocol for Tucson, Arizona

  • Lead PI: Andrea K. Gerlak
  • Co-PI(s): Blue Baldwin, Greg Barron-Gafford, Parker Filer, Neha Gupta, Karen Hanshaw, James Macadam, Season Martin, Grant McCormick, Amy McCoy, Thomas Meixner, Tanya Quist, Bo Yang, Adrianna Zuniga-Teran

Facilitating Community Workshops to Identify Priorities for an Equitable Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the City of Tucson

  • Lead PI: Katharine Jacobs
  • Co-PI(s): Neha Gupta, Fatima Luna, Amelia Marsh

Impacts of successive wildfires on the ecologic, hydrologic and geomorphic resiliency of the Sky Islands

  • Lead PI: Luke McGuire
  • Co-PI(s): Don Falk, Craig Rasmussen, Ann Youberg

Proof of Concept: Using DNA Barcodes to Identify Arizona's Insects of Importance to Agriculture, Natural Areas, and Human Health

  • Lead PI: Wendy Moore
  • Collaborators: Peter Ellsworth (APMC), Martha Hunter, John Palumbo, Bruce Tabashnik, Jason Botz, M. Kathryn Busby

Planting a Resilient Food Future

  • Lead PI: Gary Nabhan
  • Co-PI(s): Erin Riordan, Parker Filer

Assessing Resilience of Arizona Grassland to Changes in the North American Monsoon:  Fewer, Larger Rainfall Events with Longer-Duration Drought Intervals

  • Lead PI: Yang Song
  • Co-PI(s): Joel Beiderman (SW Watershed Research Center), William Smith

Salary and Startup

FACULTY DEPARTMENT
Andrea Achilli CHEE
Alicja Babst-Kostecka SWES
Albert Barberan SWES
Bryan Black LTRR
Paul Carini SWES
Laura Lotter Condon HAS
Riley Duran AZ Space
Thomas Evans SGD
Bo Guo HAS
Jia Hu SNRE
Jin Hongyue SIE
Vasiliki Karanikola CHEE
Adam Printz CHEE
Kaustubh Thirumalai GEOS
Jesse Woodson PLANT

FY20 Highlights

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  • UArizona has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in the area of water resources in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects
  • 159 graduate students, 140 undergraduate students, and 35 post-docs enabled through assistantships, wages, scholarships, grants and research experiences
  • TRIF funds supported three startups: Auxilium Technology Group, SaiOx, Inc. and Throohealth.

Equipment Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
New Horizons in Chemical and Electronic Surface Analysis CBC
Acquire Sontek IQ Plus Flowmeter CAEM
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer for ALEC ENVS
Ellipsometer Instrumentation to Develop Energy Efficient Water Purification Membranes and Other Thin Film Materials and Devices CHEE
Ensuring Water, Food Safety, and Public Health Using the Compact Illumina iSeq100 System ENVS
Advanced Tensiometer System for Characterizing the Environmental Fate of Emerging Contaminants and Surfactant-Enhanced Remediation Processes ENVS
Passive Solar Dryer to Repurpose Food Waste ENTO
Acquisition of a Thermogravimetric Analyzer for High Throughput Materials Characterization CBC
CEREUS: Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Research & Education with Unoccupied Systems BIO5

 

Research Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
NSF Critical Zone Observatory Proposal:  Support for Workshop and Proposal Development HAS
Internet of Things Based Pipeline Structural Health Monitoring SIE
Preliminary Subsurface Investigations of the Bouse Formation, Western AZ: A unique paleoenvironmental archive of Colorado River history and opportunity for Native American STEM training GEOS
High Efficiency IR Emitter Thin Films for Integrated Spectroscopic Sensing MSE
Viromic analysis of reverse osmosis concentrates treated through ozone-biofiltration for safe reuse in irrigation: A novel approach for zero liquid discharge SWES

 

Salary and Startup

FACULTY DEPARTMENT
Andrea Achilli

CHEE, COE

Albert Barberan SWES
Bryan Black LTRR
Paul Carini SWES
Laura Condon HAS
Thomas Evans SGD
Bo Guo HAS
John Holt LPL
Jia Hu SNRE
Jin Hongyue SIE
Vasiliki Karanikola CHEE
Kaustubh Thirumalai GEOS
Adam Printz CHEE
Jesse Woodson PLANT

 

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FY19
  • $39.7 M in new grants, gifts and other sources to the UA from WEES investments in faculty and research
  • 182 graduate students, 123 undergraduate students, and 55 post-docs enabled through assistantships, wages, scholarships, grants and research experiences
  • 12 new invention disclosures, X patent applications filed, 0 new patents issued and 4 licenses and options
  • Three Accelerate for Success Research Advancement grants were awarded to enhance cloud-based data storage sustainability, performance, energy efficiency and materials reuse; evaluate arid soil microbiome productivity and carbon uptake; and understand wildfire-induced changes to soils and vegetation.

Equipment Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
B2 Coral Reef Biome GEOS
Ambient Air VOC Analyzer HAS, CEP, CHEE
System for simulating air quality levels OPTIC, CEP, BME
Meteorological Network and Paleo Research Infrastructure DL, EEB, LTRR
ESRAC laboratory enhancements CEP
UAS-based Integrated LiDAR-Hyperspectral Infrastructure SNRE, GEOS, PLANT
Environmental Monitoring "Maker Space" CAPLA, SGD, CAPLA
Time-resolved/step-scan FTIR CBC, MSE, CHEE
Lyophilization and Refrigeration Equipment CAPLA, MSE
Total Stations and Global Positioning Stations BARA, ANTHRO
Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography System HAS, CEP, CHEE
Meteorological Network and Paleo Research Infrastructure LTRR, EEB, DL
Ion Chromatography and Solid Phase Extraction CHEE, ALEC, SWES
Drone-mounted LiDAR Sensor YAC, YCEDA
Sterilization Capacity Biosystem PLANT
Fluorescent measurments, global carbon/water IE
WW Chromotography CEP
Isoprime precisION Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometer LTRR, PHYS

 

Research Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
Sustainable Growth of the Cloud OPTIC, CAPLA, CHEE
Polymer/Ionic Liquid Interfaces for Energy Storage SWES, ALEC
From source to sink: identifying hot spots for debris flow hazards and soil carbon sequestration following wildfire GEOS
The Arid Soil Microbiome: Connecting Functional Health to Phylogenetic Diversity SWES
Detection of waterborne adenoviruses by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry-based magnetic immunoassay with gold nanoparticles labeling SNRE
New Technologies for safe, effective, and informative wildlife surveys MSE

 

Salary and Startup

FACULTY DEPARTMENT
Paul Carini SWES
Hongyue Jin COE
Albert Barberan SWES
Andrea Achilli CHEE
Jesse Woodson PLANT
Tom Evans SGD
Bo Guo HAS
Adam Printz CHEE
Laura Condon HAS
Bryan Black LTRR
Jia Hu SNRE

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  • $66M in new grants, gifts and other sources to the UA from WEES investments in faculty and research
  • 175 graduate students, 109 undergraduate students, and 29 post-docs enabled through assistantships, wages, scholarships, grants, and research experiences
  • 16 new invention disclosures, 9 patent applications filed, 1 new patent issued, and 2 licenses and option
  • Nine Research Advancement and 16 Equipment grants, including:
    • Interdisciplinary Link and Industry Engagement awards that advance research on conductive plastics, membrane technology and enhanced organic solar cells.
    • Accelerate for Success awards that explore alternatives to chemical pesticides and fund research on agrivoltaics, mycoculture and soil ecosystem genomics
    • Equipment grants that supported research on global water and carbon cycles, emerging contaminants, environmental monitoring, air quality and more

Equipment Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
WW Chromotography CEP
Fluorescent measurments, global carbon/water IE
Sterilization Capacity Biosystem PLANT
B2 Coral Reef Biome GEOS
Drone-mounted LiDAR Sensor YCEDA, YAC
Ion Chromatography and Solid Phase Extraction SWES, ALEC, CHEE
Environmental Monitoring "Maker Space" CAPLA, SGD, CAPLA
Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography System EEB, ANTHRO
Isoprime precisION Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometer PHYS, LTRR
Total Stations and Global Positioning Stations ANTHRO, BARA
Lyophilization and Refrigeration Equipment CAPLA, MSE
Time-resolved/step-scan FTIR CBC, MSE, CHEE
UAS-based Integrated LiDAR-Hyperspectral Instrument SNRE, GEOS, PLANT
ESRAC laboratory enhancements CEP, 
Meteorological Network and Paleo Research Infrastructure DL, EEB, LTRR
System for simulating air quality levels - verified that this does not duplicate Sorooshian's wide-array aerosol generator. OPTIC, CEP, BME
Ambient Air VOC Analyzer.  Completing the analysis using PDEQ’s existing ozone and NOx monitors. HAS, CEP, CHEE

 

Research Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
Enhanced Performance of Organic Solar Cells: Singlet Fission PHYS
Revisioning landscape evolution: The role of pore-scale microbial life in landscape-scale hydro-bio-geochemical processes. HAS
Advancing mycoculture for enhanced nutritional and nutraceutical resources PLANT
Creating High-Conductivity Plastic Electrodes for Ultralight-Weight Electronics MSE, ECE
Ceramic Membrane and Ozone for Water Reuse: Synergy for Fouling Control and
Organic Contaminant Oxidation
CHEE
Holographic Switch for Data Center OPTIC
Soil ecosystem genomics: novel methods to link microbial genes, communities, and function in the face of soil system complexity SNRE, EEB, B2
Dryland Agrivoltaics: A Novel Ecosystems Approach to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus SGD, AREC, ALEC
Bioprospecting of secondary metabolites from Photorhabdus bacteria and their application in pest management SNRE, ENT

Salary and Startup

FACULTY DEPARTMENT
Albert Barberan SWES
Paul Carini SWES
Adrian Achilli CHEE
Jesse Woodson

SBS

Jia Hu SNRE
Tom Evans SGD

 

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FY17
  • $35M in new grants and gifts to the UA from WEES investments in faculty and research
  • 152 graduate students, 74 undergraduate students, and 16 post-docs enabled through assistantships, wages, scholarships, grants, and research experiences
  • 18 new invention disclosures, 22 patent applications filed, 3 new patent issued, and 4 license and option
  • 12 pilot/seed grants that supported catalytic early-stage research, including:
    • Food-energy-water nexus research to design and scale-up Agrivoltaic ecosystems that integrate solar, water harvesting, and warm season fool and herb crops.
    • Collaborative teams, involving hydrologists, microbiologists, and chemists, to evaluate the fundamental earth processes of geobiological weathering, carbon cycling dynamics, and landscape stability. 
    • Advancements in solar technology by researching and developing bi-facial solar cells to capture and convert sunlight on both front and back surfaces; offering new mounting and application possibilities.
    • Development of superporous electroactive hydrogels, needed for self-cooling building materials that reduce energy consumption and water use in hot, arid environments.

Equipment Grants

GRANTS DEPARTMENT
Purchase of an Agilent 8900 inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer SWES, B2, CHEE
Augmentation of Advanced Measurement Equipment for Arid Lands Water Management YCE, CE, SWES
Enhancing the Biosphere2 Ground-based Remote Sensing System B2, HAS, CHEE
Quantitative Materials Imaging and Characterization by Cathodoluminescence Spectroscopy GEOS, MGE
Constraining Carbon Cycling at the Landscape Evolution Observatory using a Novel Tracer for Plant and Microbial Activity SNRE, B2, EEB
Acquisition of a Dual Tube Furnace for Growth of 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides CBC
Water Treatment Equipment for the Biosphere 2 Ocean: Revitalizing the "Desert Sea" Research Platform GEOS, B2

Research Grants

GRANT DEPARTMENT
Desert Agrivoltaics: A Novel Ecosystems Approach to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus SGD, PHYS

Accelerate for Success: Biosphere 2

B2
Influence of Jet Stream Variability on North American Plant Phenology LTRR, SNRE
Building Integrated Hydrogels for Self-Cooling and Closed-Loop Water Processes MSE, CAPLA
Light Management for High Energy Yield Vertically Mounted Bi-Facial ECE, OPTIC

Salary and Startup 

FACULTY DEPARTMENT
Albert Barberan SWES
Paul Carini SWES
Xiquan Dong HAS
Luke Mcguire GEOS
Joshua Levine COMP
William Smith SNRE
Lynn Carter PLANET
Christopher Harig GEOS

 

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  • $44M in new grants and gifts to the UA from WEES investments in faculty and research
  • 212 graduate students, 104 undergraduate students, and 23 post-docs enabled through assistantships, wages, scholarships, grants, and research experiences
  • 19 new invention disclosures, 19 patent applications filed, 1 new patent issued, 1 new startup company, 3 licenses and options
  • 76 hosted workshops, conferences, and other events

Equipment Grants

GRANTS DEPARTMENTS
Pika Benchtop Hyperspectral Imaging System SWES
DTC-300 Thermal Conductivity Meter CEEM
Portable Surface Energy Balance System SNRE
Urban Agriculture Vertical Farming System for CAE ABE
Digital PCRTM SWES, ACBS
Coupled above- and below-ground instrumentation arrays SGD
No Description "AZ Resch Labs - Interdisciplinary" SWES
Eddy covariance system for quantifying Pistachio water us SNRE
HydroSphere sensor for WQ monitoring device CEP
ProDSS meter, cable and sensors for HydroSphere CEP
Pipettes for PCR Droplet SWES
Disk storage HAS

Research Awards

GRANT DEPARTMENTS
The Economic Consequences of Uncertainty about Environmental Policy ECON
Optimization of Storage System and Demand Response for Renewable Energy Integration SIE
Enhanced Algae Growth Though Solar Spectral Management OPTIC, CBC, CHEE
Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency in Heterojunctions of Low-Bandgap Polymers for Organic Photovoltaics PHYS
Electrically Conductive Sulfur Copolymers for High Energy Density Li-S Batteries CBC
Organic Thermoelectrics: Breaking the Barrier for Conversion of Heat to Electricity MSE, CBC
Intelligent Building Envelope Technology Framework for (SWAMP) Solar, Water, and Metabolic Processes CAPLA, MSE, INFO
Efficient CO2 utilization for increased biomass productivity CHEE
Consortium for Adaptive Algae Products PLANT, CHEE
In Situ water treatment nitroaromatic pollutants CHEE, SWES
High Efficiency inland water desalination AME
Framework for More Effective and Efficient Global Sensitivity Analysis HWRS
Determining the role of hydraulic redistribution regimes in the critical zone - an experimental and modeling synthesis SGD, B2
Coupled Hydrological and Geochemical Process Evolution at the Landscape Evolution Observatory HWRS, B2
Concept Proposal to General Services Administration to Assess Impact of Green Building Design on Human Health and Wellbeing - a Study at the GSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. CIM
IRAP: Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience IE
Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit  

Salary and Startup

FACULTY DEPARTMENTS
Adam Henry SGPP
Kevin Anchukaitus SGD
Jessica Tierny GEOS
Michael Bogan SNRE
Thomas Galarneau HAS
Monica Ramirez SWES
Laura Bakkensen SGPP
Ben Champion SUST

 

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