THRIVE (Translational Health Research Initiative) is a formal partnership between Northern Arizona University and Northern Arizona Healthcare to facilitate collaborative research efforts that build on strong biomedical, behavioral, and cultural health research initiatives for the diverse populations  of Northern Arizona. THRIVE research efforts focus on  population health, health disparities research, translational medicine, biomarkers research, clinical practices and intervention research, health informatics, behavioral medicine, and ecological health.  

AZ Biosciences Roadmap

The THRIVE partnership supports the Arizona Biosciences roadmap and the emerging ABOR strategic plan for the development of a sustainable biomedical industry in Arizona. The primary THRIVE research goals are outcome-oriented, evidence based, and focused on improving clinical, behavioral, and population health management by integrating the resources and research efforts of both partners. 

THRIVE Mission Statement and Objectives

Mission Statement  (Adopted 3-10-2014)

The THRIVE (Translational Health Research Initiative) partnership will encourage and support innovative population health research to improve health outcomes for all of the communities across Northern Arizona.


Objective 1: THRIVE will support collaborative (outcome-oriented, evidence-based) research efforts that build a strong clinical, behavioral, and community health research hub in Northern Arizona;

Objective 2: The founding partners of THRIVE (NAU and NAH) will proactively seek additional partners that can contribute to the overall mission of the THRIVE initiative.

THRIVE Project Proposal Process

The THRIVE steering committee accepts proposals focused on collaborative research between NAU and NAH. The proposal process is not a source of funding, it is a source of institutional commitment to providing joint access to research opportunities that fit the overall THRIVE mission and activities. Researchers are invited to submit a THRIVE project proposal at any time.