Close up photo of sticky notes on a wall. A planning session for future proposed activities for ASU Engineering research focus areas.

Funding industry-changing research today.

Industry and ASU leaders gather twice per year to define research and development priorities to scale Arizona’s competitiveness in high-tech sectors.

Spring 2024 FOA submission deadline: May 31, 2024

Funding opportunity announcements

We are excited to unveil the 2024 Spring Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the ASU Science and Technology Centers (STC). Following the successful conclusion of the ASU Industry Technology Innovation Summit (ASU ITIS)  on February 28th, all six STCs have officially released their FOAs on April 24th. These announcements aim to foster collaborative research and development projects among ASU researchers, industry partners and other stakeholders.


  • Detailed information on the funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for all ASU STCs is available using the links below.
  • The FOA for Sustainability Innovation (SI) STC is a separate link.
  • Submission deadline: May 31, 2024

Successful proposals

  • Align with one or more STC thrusts and the identified interest areas described in the FOA built from the Industry Technology Innovation Summit held February 28, 2024.
  • Are expected to be 12 months in duration and support one doctoral student’s effort, though proposals that provide a compelling rationale for different durations or levels of effort will be considered.
  • Have co-investment from the STC and one stakeholder partner such that a portion of the project costs expended at ASU will be funded by the STC and a portion will be funded by a company, as detailed in the FOA.
  • Lay the foundation for a significant impact on the Arizona economy if technically successful.

Each STC expects to issue a similar FOA every six months as funding allows. Stakeholder partners will be asked to submit a letter of support detailing their collaboration and investment in each project. 

Participants at the 2022 Proposers Day event gather around a table full of sticky notes and poster boards.

Upcoming dates

ASU Engineering will host Industry Technology Innovation Summit events twice a year.

View the presentation materials from the most recent Industry Technology Innovation Summit event (February 28, 2024).

About the event

The ASU Science and Technology Centers, known as STCs, catalyze research innovations and entrepreneurship in areas key to the future of Arizona’s economic development, positioning our state for global leadership in new economy industries. STCs bring together faculty and student researchers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs to take big ideas from the lab to market across key clusters of future technologies.

STCs are a component of Impact Arizona and are responsible for leveraging ASU-industry partnerships to enable research innovation, entrepreneurship, and tech transfer in areas key to the future of Arizona’s economy

The purpose of the ASU Industry Technology Innovation Summit is to connect industry and ASU faculty to define research and development priorities and capabilities for joint projects in the STCs, and to improve Arizona’s competitiveness in high-tech sectors.

The input from the participants will be used to generate subsequent funding opportunity announcements, or FOAs, that will solicit joint research projects with ASU faculty and industry partners.

Sustained prosperity for Arizona

Arizona State University is a catalyst, convener and connector of private and public partners committed to putting Arizona at the forefront in high-growth industries that create jobs and drive prosperity—including advanced manufacturing and materials, advanced communication technologies, cybersecurity, augmented intelligence, automation and robotics, digital media, virtual and augmented reality, big data, sustainability and more.

Innovative research that helps to attract, grow and retain high-tech enterprises. ASU leverages forward-thinking state investments, as well as its role as a trusted partner to dozens of leading companies, to train workers for today’s opportunities and to ensure a future of high employment and economic growth.

Science and Technology Centers 

The development of the Science and Technology Centers (STCs) at ASU will position Phoenix and Arizona for national and global leadership as America’s next high-tech hub.

  • AMPED (Advanced Materials, Processes and Energy Devices): The AMPED STC has thrust areas of photovoltaics, batteries and power-electronic devices.
  • MADE (Manufacturing, Automation and Data Engineering): The MADE STC has thrust areas of process science and engineering, robotics and automation, and data analytics, cyber and AI.
  • ACT (Advanced Communications Technologies): The ACT STC has thrust areas of future RF systems, flexible modem SoCs, communications for augmented reality and awareness for autonomous vehicles. 
  • PERFORM (Performance Engineering and Research for Optimizing Response Mechanisms): The PERFORM STC has thrust areas of devices, assessment, and performance multipliers. 
  • EXTREME (Extreme Environments): The EXTREME STC has technology thrust areas of air, water, and heat/materials.
  • SI (Sustainability Innovation): The SI STC has thrust areas of data and digital insight, computational modeling for foresight and action for sustainability implementation