About Us

About Us

We believe research impacts the shape of society and society impacts the shape of research. Our goal is to challenge the research enterprise to be more inclusive and to focus on impacts beyond benefits to departments or disciplines. And we work to translate the curiosity and expertise of researchers into policies, practices, and programs to benefit society, measuring reach not only in articles published and conferences attended, but in lives touched and improved. Through every step of the research process, we help researchers center real people and their real lives.

What We Do

  • Help researchers view their work through the lens of societal impact, guiding them through the process of uncovering who might benefit from their work and how best to deliver usable products and information
  • Eliminate barriers and broaden pathways to expand who conducts research, whose needs guide research, and who benefits from research
  • Make research more widely accessible with thoughtful, tailor-made education and public outreach

How We Do It

  • Support marginalized students
  • Consult on and evaluate grant proposals
  • Design impact activities for research programs
  • Provide a searchable database of programs and facilitate partnerships
  • Offer trainings and workshops on how to make wide-ranging and inclusive impacts


Our Affiliates

STEM Learning Center

The STEM Learning Center facilitates institutional partnerships, supports effective initiatives, and advances scholarship that promotes equitable access to high-quality, STEM experiences, resources, tools, and expertise.

Native People’s Technical Assistance Office (NPTAO)

NPTAO serves as the liaison for Native Affairs to the Office for Research, Innovation and Impact (RII). Through engagement and collaboration with Native Nations throughout Arizona, NPTAO provides research support and capacity building, training and education in Indigenous law and governance for Native peoples, and technical assistance for tribal community development.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research gives students the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge and skills to a real-life question. UR helps students identify their research interests, find research opportunities, and get the most out of their experiences. 

Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)

ASEMS provides services for promising students who are underrepresented in STEM, especially students who are first in their family to attend college, from low-income households, who transferred from a community college, and from underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities.