The Technology and Research Initiative Fund

TRIF provides much needed funding to promote university research, development and technology transfer related to the knowledge-based global economy. It was funded by Prop. 301 in 2000 and extended through 2041 by Governor Ducey and the Arizona Legislature as part of the Prop. 301 extension in 2018.


Image at right courtesy of Northern Arizona University

Making Life in Arizona Better, Today

Did you know that you are supporting Arizona Innovators who are working on making life better for all of us?

  • Developing a Cancer Vaccine @ ASU
  • Early Detection of Skin Cancers
    Early Detection of Skin Cancers @ UArizona
  • Creating Collaborations
  • Searching for Answers @ NAU

Investing in Our Future

Each time you pay sales tax in Arizona, a small amount is invested into TRIF, the Technology & Research Initiative Fund. Part of Education 2000 (Prop. 301), TRIF investments in Arizona’s universities support the people and research projects that benefit Arizonans.

  • Searching for Alzheimer's Answers @ASU
  • Helping People With Asthma @UArizona
  • Developing Medical Technologies @ NAU

Improving Health

TRIF funded researchers are working to help us live longer and have a better quality of life.

Karen Anderson started out with about 10,000 possible biomarkers for ovarian cancer in a search of a test for early detection.

A Better World

TRIF funded researchers are working to protect the environment and our naturall resources.

Bruce Rittmann is using natural processes to do a variety of work for us, including using bacteria to clean up contaminants in wastewater.

Looking Beyond

TRIF funded researchers support space exploration & optical solutions that are out of this world.

A program at Arizona State University is starting undergraduate students on a career path that could lead them to join NASA spaceflight mission teams.
(Photo by D. Garcia/ASU )

Keeping Us Safe

TRIF funded researchers work on defense & security systems to protect our troops.

Josh LaBaer and his team are working to build a field-deployable, point-of-care device that will determine in 30 minutes or less if a person has been exposed to weapons of mass destruction or their precursors.

By the Numbers

Arizona’s public universities received approximately $81.4 million in TRIF revenue in fiscal year 2020.

The universities leveraged that investment to attract outside research funding, resulting in $465.7 million return on investment through TRIF-related research.

Total TRIF revenue received to date since the inception of the program in June 2001 is over $1.205 billion.

TRIF Annual Reports and project plans are available on the ABOR web site at:


TRIF research is performed by a combination of the world-class researchers that TRIF funding has helped our universities to attract and a cadre of Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Post Doctoral Appointees (Post Docs.)

Together, they are asking questions, finding answers, and learning from each other as they work side by side.

TRIF is more than just university research, it is an opportunity to educate, train, and prepare our students for 21st  Century Careers.

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