The TRIF initiative, or Technology and Research Initiative Fund, increased the state’s sales tax per proposition 301 to promote university research, development, and technology transfer related to the knowledge-based global economy and to expand access to baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate education, among other priorities.
Internal (RDI) Funding
Research Development Grants are not designed as part of faculty retention or other reward but rather as a pathway to success for interdisciplinary research to accelerate competitiveness for extramural proposal submissions.
“Research Advancement Grants” describe the internal funding programs administered by RDI. Other departments or colleges on campus may also offer other internal funding programs. Frequently, the RDI Research Advancement Grants are discussed using the colloquial description of “Internal funding.”
Internal funding programs are funded by UA administrations, colleges, or departments while external, sometimes called extramural, funding comes from a federal, state, or local agency, Foundation, or another non-UA source.