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Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance

We are excited to inform that our Sonora partners (UNISON, CIAD, and COLSON ) just announced the selection of two research groups to receive funding for research projects under the Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance seed grants program.

The Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance is a tool created by ASU, UNISON, COLSON, and CIAD to collaborate on research and education supporting public policy and societal change in the Arizona-Sonora Transborder Region. The Alliance supports projects led by Mexican professors working in collaboration with ASU faculty.

This round’s research projects include:

  • Protection of migrant children in the Sonora-Arizona region: An humanitarian approach of border security (Dr. Gabriela Garcia, COLSON and Ángela E. Arzubiaga/Angeles Maldonado, ASU)
  • Sustainability assessment of solar concentration technologies for water desalination (Ricardo Perez, UNISON and Rafael Rangel and Clark Smith, ASU).

This month, the Alliance is announcing a new call for proposals and our Mexican colleagues will be looking for research partners in ASU. Let us know if you are interested in launching a research collaboration with faculty at UNISON, COLSON, or CIAD.

UNISON/COLSON/CIAD Call for Proposals

The three most prestigious Higher Educations Institutions in Sonora announced in May a funding opportunity to facilitate the formation of cross-border research groups involving ASU faculty and researchers. The Universidad de Sonora (UNISON), El Colegio de Sonora (COLSON) and the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD) are inviting their faculty and researchers to submit proposals to develop joint projects with ASU leveraging on mutual interest, complementarities, and the benefits of international academic collaboration.


This opportunity is the direct result of the Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance established by UNISON, COLSON, CIAD and ASU to build collaborative avenues for the co-production of knowledge and unique educational experiences benefiting the Arizona-Sonora transborder region.


The full UNISON/COLSON/CIAD call for proposals (in Spanish) can be found at this link: http://www.uson.mx/convocatorias/2018_CONVOCATORIA_Fondo-Semilla.pdf


If you are interested in participating in binational research and need more information send an email to ptc@asu.edu. Please help us to spread the word about this unique opportunity.