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Research impact

See the impact of our research

Share our vision for creating a culture of discovery at NAU that fosters and rewards innovation, creativity, collaboration, and community.

We’re expanding the boundaries of knowledge.

We work to increase the scope and impact of research and scholarship conducted at NAU. Our goals are expanding the boundaries of knowledge, providing solutions for the challenges of a complex world, and contributing to the quality of life in Northern Arizona, the state, and beyond.

Impact: Arizona’s economy


Overall, the university’s research and technology transfer efforts stimulate Arizona’s knowledge-based economy by advancing innovation, entrepreneurship, research and development, and workforce development.


Catalyzing discovery into technological solutions


NAU Research partners with the top employers in tech and intellectual property rights in our own backyard.
NAU Innovations, the university’s technology transfer unit, catalyzes discovery and manages the transfer of research outcomes from Northern Arizona University to the private sector for the benefit of regional, national, and global communities.
Through NAU Innovations, the university provides resources and technical assistance to faculty researchers from the earliest stages of discovery and development, helping to generate and disseminate cutting-edge innovations that can compete in the 21st century marketplace.

NAU was awarded a patent for MRSA detection technology.


Knowledge note

NAU generates $1.6 billion in Arizona each year, and one in five employees in Coconino County are employed as a result of NAU’s activities.