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ASU, UNISON, CIAD and COLSON established the Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance (ASI Alliance) in 2017 as an innovative platform to foster knowledge, innovation, and education focused on the Arizona-Sonora transborder region. This platform is aimed to support high impact research and education based on a transborder paradigm and collaboration. The alliance has continued to grow with the recent incorporation of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.


“The only way our institutions can work together toward the overall objective of social transformation is if we as universities take on this task of breaking down the barriers before us, looking at this recent set of border issues between countries at the Sonoran Desert, and find the way to working together on all things. We are totally committed to this partnership”

Dr. Michael Crow

Arizona State University President


Arizona-Sonora Colloquium

A summit of Arizona and Sonora university leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration and ways to expand the role of play by higher education institutions in consolidating the scientific, technological, and innovative capacities of the transborder region. The first colloquium was held in Tempe in 2015 with the participation of Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University (ASU), and the presidents of the Universidad de Sonora (UNISON), El Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD) and El Colegio de Sonora (COLSON). The third colloquium will be in the spring of 2019 in Tempe.

Arizona-Sonora Research Seed Grant Program

This program is specifically aimed to stimulate interdisciplinary and binational research effort that explore new areas of research with high impact and future funding potential. Seed grants support faculty from ASU, UofA, NAU, UNISON, COLSON, CIAD, ITSON, and COLEF in developing proposals for future large collaborative research projects in all field of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Supported proposal have covered a variety of themes, but must represent an investment in the future research, scholarly, or creative vitality of the Arizona-Sonora region. Seed grants are funded through the Arizona-Sonora Interuniversity Alliance. See more information here.