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Version 40, updated May 29, 2020


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• Identify the facilities to be used (laboratory, clinical, animal, computer, office, other). If appropriate, indicate their capacities, pertinent capabilities, relative proximity and extent of availability to the project. Describe only those resources that are directly applicable to the proposed work. Provide any information describing the Other Resources available to the project (e.g., machine shop, electronic shop) and the extent to which they would be available to the project.

ASU Computer Infrastructure

Led by ASU’s Chief Information Officer, the University Technology Office (UTO) oversees extensive computer services to support the research and instructional needs of faculty, students, and staff. In-person labs, classrooms, and computing sites are supported with a Common Image, providing every student in every UTO location the same software required for course work, with over 250 software package options available. Student email, file space, and online applications are supported through a partnership with Google. In addition, the ASU-developed MyApps delivers software to the desktop or via download through ASU’s web site; providing alternative on- or off-campus access to required software resources. Network file space, state-of-the-art applications, ubiquitous wireless access and printing. Research computing has improved with the expansion of the central provisioning of processing, storage, software, bandwidth, and expertise.

ASU does not charge faculty members for the use of university computer systems; therefore, computer time for this project will be absorbed by the university. All academic servers use a common file system (the Andrew File System) to enable files to be shared easily among them. Individual faculty workstations also have access to this file system along with Common Internet File System (CIFS), space the UTO has provided for faculty, staff, and employed graduate students. Faculty and staff get 4 gigabytes of storage, and an expansion of quota is easily available. Computer services are accessible from any computer on campus and backed up by UTO. Faculty members also have access to a Microsoft SharePoint server, a set of tools, services, and development environment for online productivity and collaboration, which can be used for web-based collaboration, application development, internet and intranet sites, and more. Two computing sites are equipped with adaptive technology on the ASU main campus, and all computing sites are equipped with workstations that are accessible to wheelchairs. UTO staff will make accommodations for students in any computing site with the assistance of the Disability Resource Center as requested. 

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Computing Resources

The Information Systems Department (IT) supports the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation (Edson College).  It informs faculty, staff, and students about the latest developments in computing technology. The IT plans to integrate college information processes and systems closely with UTO core strategies while maintaining custom-developed databases and applications. Every faculty and staff office/workspace is equipped with a personal computer running the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Health South, one of two adjacent buildings on the downtown campus in which Edson College has office and classroom space, hosts a classroom with 22 computers, including one for the instructor. There is also a computing workroom containing four computers, printers, and a scanner for visiting faculty or graduate students. Most conference rooms in the Health South and Health North buildings are equipped with a video projector and sound system that can be connected to a presenter’s computer; several of the conference rooms also include Tandberg videoconferencing systems. All computers in the colleges are connected to the Internet, university computer systems, and file servers via a university-wide Ethernet network. A classroom containing 16 computers and an open lab containing 24 computers is located in the Mercado F Building on the Downtown Phoenix Campus. Available software includes the most current versions of Microsoft Office and SPSS for Windows and other communication and productivity tools to facilitate collaboration among faculty and access to Internet resources. Full-time staff is available to develop and maintain its computing facilities and provide technical support to the faculty and staff.

Edson College has joined the REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) Consortium, which is composed of 1,792 active institutional partner institutions in 98 countries (as of March 1, 2016). The REDCap software has been installed on an ASU-based server, and it is available to investigators at Edson College. The consortium supports a secure web application (REDCap) designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies. REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. REDCap provides audit trails for tracking data manipulation and user activity, as well as automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R). REDCAP also includes a built-in project calendar, scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, and calculated fields.

The Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education

The dedicated faculty and staff of the Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education operationalize over 90,000 student hours annually across programs at the Edson College in experiential learning strategies and community outreach in the 45,000 sq. ft. facility located in the Mercado Complex on the Downtown Phoenix Campus (DPC) and through virtual resources. The state-of-the-art technology and resources for student learning occur in 5 simulation suites, including 6 clinic rooms, 10 inpatient hospital rooms, 6 skills labs, a 16-bed health assessment lab, an apartment environment, and a computer library commons. The ASU-Mayo campus resources are similar to those at the DPC with simulated patient rooms, clinical skills labs, and computer space.

Immersive simulation practice is increasingly important in healthcare education due to increased competition for quality clinical experience, increased acuity of patients, and shortages of clinical mentors. The Grace Center is internationally accreditated by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and many of the faculty and staff achieve specialized certification in simulation education and/or operations. The team support faculty and student engagement in learning through the center’s vision—“Knowledge & Action Join As One”—. Student learning is based on objectives, guided preparation, and reflection to reinforce student self-discovery that translates to safe, professional practice. An experiential learning strategy affords students the ability to make assessments, exercise clinical decision-making skills, and provide increasing complexity of interventions while immersing themselves in realistic health care situations. This effective learning environment promotes student practice/mastery of nursing skills and clinical decision making in a dynamic encounter using state-of-the-art informatics in a variety of acute care settings while using learning management systems to empower reflective practice. Additional opportunities for interprofessional education among nursing, speech and hearing, social work, spirituality, and nutrition can foster team skills necessary in today's healthcare environment.

Edson College Office and Classroom Facilities                                        

In August 2006, the Edson College moved from a 1960s era building in Tempe to a completely renovated, four-story building at the Downtown Phoenix Campus (Health South).  Health South is currently a shared facility with the College of Health Solutions. With the addition of this facility at the DPC, the college accomplished a key initiative of the 2005-2010 strategic plan to be the designated health care provider for the DPC. Construction of an adjacent second building began in April 2008, and the five-story Health North opened in August 2009. Edson College has space in Health North, which also houses units of CHS and other health-related initiatives, providing ongoing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Health North includes a 300-seat auditorium, four state-of-the-art classrooms, a 60-seat computer lab, some of the college’s undergraduate and graduate program offices, student recruiting office, seven conference rooms (in addition to the 5 in Health South), multiple faculty offices and workstations for staff, research assistants- and part-time faculty.  A related complex of buildings in the Mercado houses the Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education, which incorporates a computer lab, skills labs and simulation resources.  Edson College’s Student Success Services, which include student advising and student engagement offices, are also housed at the Mercado and are within a short walking distance from Health South and Health North. Edson College outreach to the community, the Global Health Collaboratory, Ph.D. Program- and the college’s Strategic Marketing and Communications units are also located at the Mercado.  Edson College also has offices for faculty and staff located at ASU’s West Campus and select academic programs of the college are delivered at West Campus since Fall Semester 2015.  During the Fall semester of 2018, the Edson College Dean’s Office moved to the third floor of the Health North building into a newly renovated suite of offices. 

In addition, Eastern Arizona College (EAC) and ASU have collaborated to offer a Baccalaureate Nursing Program at EAC.  This partnership offers hybrid classes (face-to-face classes with an online component), qualified faculty from the Thatcher area, RN-BSN courses taken in a cohort model, and special, reduced tuition rates for the EAC students. Two other programs are offered: the RN-BSN program for associate degree prepared or diploma nurses, and the concurrent enrollment program for nursing students who meet specific criteria. The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) allows students to earn their AAS in Nursing from EAC while simultaneously earning their BSN from ASU.  Edson College has a cohort of 30 pre-licensure students that are doing their clinical training at Mayo and utilize their facilities. 


Describe how the scientific environment in which the research will be done contributes to the probability of success (e.g., institutional support, physical resources, and intellectual rapport). In describing the scientific environment in which the work will be done, discuss ways in which the proposed studies will benefit from unique features of the scientific environment or subject populations or will employ useful collaborative arrangements.



Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation. As of Fall 2019, ASU had a total enrollment of over 119,000 students. The state system also includes the University of Arizona in Tucson and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.  ASU is a federation of unique colleges, schools, departments, and research institutes that comprise close-knit but diverse academic communities that are international in scope. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than one hundred nations. ASU has 17 colleges and schools. Its six campuses are in Tempe, Glendale (ASU West campus), downtown Phoenix (which includes Edson College), Mesa (ASU Polytechnic campus), and Scottsdale (Skysong Innovations). ASU also has a virtual campus: ASU Online, whose graduate programs are ranked as among the best in the country. Arizona Learning Centers are located at Lake Havasu City and Eastern Arizona College; ASU Online offers a wide range of online degrees, online courses, and distance-learning programs and certificate programs for undergraduates and graduates. Thunderbird School of Global Management became a unit of the ASU knowledge enterprise in 2015, bringing with it 70 years of history and international accolades for executive education; it is among the top-ranked global business education institutions.

Among the many additional ASU sites are the ASU Research Park (which provides space for research activity) and Skysong Innovations (formerly, Arizona Technology Enterprises[AzTE]), the exclusive intellectual property management and technology-transfer organization for ASU. It works with faculty, investors, and industry partners to translate ASU innovation into broad societal impact. ASU, through the activities of Skysong Innovations, is one of the top-performing U.S. universities in terms of intellectual property inputs (inventions disclosed by ASU researchers) and outputs (licensing deals and start-ups) relative to the size of the university's research enterprise.

The recently opened ASU California Center is not an academic center or campus but rather “will provide ASU with a location in the Los Angeles area to connect with prospective students and their parents, offer enhanced academic and internship experiences for current ASU students, engage with alumni and strengthen connections between ASU’s entrepreneurial faculty and the . . . Southern California innovation ecosystem” (https://asunews.asu.edu/20130321_asucaliforniacenter). 

In 2018, ASU opened the ASU Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O’Conner Washington Center, which expands ASU’s presence in the nation’s capital, spurring innovative national engagements and partnerships; providing one-of-a-kind learning, teaching and research opportunities for students and faculty members; facilitating ASU’s participation in high-level idea exchanges; and expanding the impact of groundbreaking research efforts. The center houses ASU’s Washington, D.C.-based academic programs, including the Washington Bureau of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Rule of Law and Governance program, the Capital Scholars program, and the McCain Institute’s Next Generation Leaders program, among many others. In addition to hosting classes and internships on-site, special lectures and seminars taught from the Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center are connected to classrooms in Arizona through video-conferencing technology. The Washington, D.C., offices of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, National Policy Affairs, the Center on the Future of War, ASU International Development, and the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) are also located on-site, facilitating interactions between policymakers, opinion leaders, federal research agencies and ASU experts. OKED helps advance ASU as a top-tier research university by increasing information flow between Arizona and Washington through its Office of National Research Initiatives. OKED staff are a resource to ASU faculty and researchers when interfacing with federal agencies and can provide:

● Federal research agency profiles

● Best practices for interfacing with federal agencies and forming productive relationships

● Assistance preparing for a successful meeting with a federal sponsor

● Tips for preparing to host a sponsor site visit

International Partnerships and Collaborationsthat ASU has formed at the university level would include, among others,

(a) the PluS Alliance, a tricontinental partnership with ASU, King’s College (London) and the University of New South Wales in Australia, announced in February 2016. It is combining research capabilities, faculty expertise, and student experiences to address global issues related to sustainability, health, social justice, and technology and innovation, with research supported with related online learning programs;

(b) ASU becoming a Pioneer University of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation international Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network, which comprises premier institutions across Europe and the United States tasked with researching and developing innovations and solutions that encourage a more circular economy in which “there is no such thing as waste; resources are remanufactured, refurbished and recycled to keep components and materials circulating in and contributing to the economy”;

(c) the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, through which ASU “furthers  commitment to translate knowledge into action on sustainability challenges through three international partnerships”: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, IUCN Red List Partnership , and Conservation International; and

(d) the Adidas-ASU Global Sport Alliance brings together education, athletics, research and innovation to explore topics that include diversity, race, sustainability and human potential – all through the lens of sport. The alliance awards scholarships to 100 Adidas U.S. employees to pursue degrees through ASU Online. The partners plan to scale the program internationally in the coming years. (See more at https://global.asu.edu/partnerships.)

Now a unit of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, with its70-year heritage, is known worldwide for its vast and engaged alumni network of more than 43,000 individuals in nearly 150 nations around the globe. Thunderbird has more than 170 alumni chapters that meet regularly in 70 countries.

Individual colleges and schools have established their own global collaborations and partnerships. A selection includes the following the W. P. Carey School of Business, whose connections are facilitated by its Office of International Initiatives and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Global Resolve. In October 2017, ASU opened its first permanent location in China, Hainan University-ASU Joint International Tourism College. Its goal is to enroll as many as 300 students annually in the program pairing ASU degrees and Hainan degrees.

ASU offers more than 350 academic undergraduate programs and majors. The number of graduate degrees and certificates is over 450. The growth in the number of degree programs, including the increased number of interdisciplinary degree programs, has added to the comprehensive nature of ASU’s academic platform for students.

Many of ASU’s departments and programs score consistently high in rankings, among which are the following: Over the past five years, News & World Report ranked ASU first in the list of “most innovative schools.” U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” also ranks ASU’s graduate programs as among the best in the nation with twenty-one graduate programs ranked top-10 in the country for law, education, business, public affairs, and fine arts.  U.S. News & World Report also ranked ASU’s online bachelor’s degree program No. 2 in the nation. The top-5 recognition is based on factors including graduation rates, faculty credentials, available support services and affordability available remotely. ASU is in the top 1 percent of the world's most prestigious universities as ranked by Times Higher Education in the only global performance tables that measure research-intensive universities across core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The Princeton Review ranks ASU as one of the country’s top universities for undergraduate education in its 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges.” In addition, ASU ranks No. 5 on the most recent list of top universities favored by employers for producing the best-qualified graduates, according to The Wall Street Journal. ASU ranks as the top public research institution for international students, according to the Institute of International Education. ASU is the No. 1 public university of choice in the U.S. for international students for the fourth straight year, according to the Institute of International Education, with more than 13,400 students from 136 countries.  More rankings in a variety of categories may be found at https://www.asu.edu/rankings.

Faculty: As of Fall 2019, ASU had 2,002 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and another 2,818 faculty members not on tenure track (serving as research professors, clinical professors, lecturers, professors of practice, and instructors).  There were 2,322 (48%) female faculty members and 2,487 (52%) male. In terms of rank, 1,088 were full professor, 823 associate, and 803 assistant, with the balance being instructor, lecturer, or no rank. Of the total 4,820 faculty, 2,972 were at the Tempe campus, 1,143 at the Downtown campus, 392 at the West campus, and 313 at the Polytechnic campus.

More than 300 ASU faculty have been conferred by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine with highly prestigious awards, including Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Foundation fellows and Fulbright American scholars. Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice-president of ASU’s of Knowledge Enterprise Development and ASU’s chief research and innovation officer, serves on the U.S. National Science Board, a body that advises Congress and the president of the United States. Further evidence of faculty recognition in 2014 was seen in the selection of biogeochemist and President's Professor Ariel Anbar as ASU's first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, so-honored for his pioneering research and teaching. The high-level faculty members and experts on campus include, among others, 5 Nobel laureates, 3 MacArthur Fellows, 20 National Academy of Sciences members, 17 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 163  Fulbright American Scholars (again, for 2019, ASU was one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions, ranking sixth in awards to faculty members), 32 Guggenheim Fellows, 66 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, 6 Pulitzer Prize winners, 48 members of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4 members of the Royal Society, and 8 members of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, outstanding young faculty have received major early career awards from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Army. With faculty earning 14 NSF early-career awards, they collectively ranked second in the United States among all universities and among the top three for engineering schools, ahead of Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon.

Students: For 2019, ASU maintained its position as a top producer of Fulbright scholars, with 21 students in 2018-2019 in the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Among public universities, ASU ranked third in student Fulbright awards, while among all institutions, ASU was 11th. The top Fulbright producers overall for 2018-19 are Brown University, 35 students; Princeton University, 33; Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, both with 30; the University of Pennsylvania, 27; Northwestern University, 26; the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame, both with 24; Rutgers University, 23, and New York University, 22.

The student body is more diverse than ever, with growth in the number of transfer, international, and veteran and veteran-dependent students. In 1985, there was low freshman diversity: 84.9% white, 9.9% underrepresented minority; in 2019, however, those percentages were 46% white and 36% underrepresented minority. In Fall 2019, on the five ASU metropolitan campuses (Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, ASU West, and Thunderbird), enrollment was 49% undergraduate women and 51% undergraduate male; 48% graduate female students and 52% graduate male. In terms of race/ethnicity of undergraduates for these campuses, 797 (1.3%) were American Indian/Alaska Native, 4,869 (7.8%) Asian, 2,630 (4.2%) Black/African American, 15,740 (22.8%) Hispanic/Latino, 141 (0.2%) Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 2,888 (4.6%) of two or more races, 29,721 (47.8%) White, 4,787 (7.7%) International, and 613 (1.1%) unspecified.  For graduate students, these figures were 142 (1.1%) American Indian/Alaska Native, 605 (4.8%) Asian, 397 (3.1%) Black/African American, 1,418 (11.2%) Hispanic/Latino, 21 (0.2%) Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 319 (2.5%) of two or more races, 5,153 (40.6%) White, 4,437 (35%) International, and 200 (1.5%) unspecified. The Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement is a unit within the Office of the University Provost (https://diversity.asu.edu/about). For 2016 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked ASU #1 in the US for Native American doctorates (“all disciplines, combined”: “Doctoral-Res/Schol. Other”) and for Native American and Hispanic doctoral degrees in Education and in English Language and Literature/Letters; and #2 for Native American master’s (legal professions and studies) and #8 for Hispanic master’s (engineering, and architecture and related services).  Moreover, the 2017 Open Doors Report, International Education Exchange ranked ASU #5 among leading U.S. universities for international students. In 2018, ASU won the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education award. ASU offers a unique program aimed at helping first-generation college students overcome obstacles to studying abroad.

Research: In FY2018, ASU pursued approximately $2 billion in proposals, received $400 million in new award obligations, and expended more than $640 million on research. During 2006–2016, ASU research expenditures jumped 145%, vs. an all-HEI rate of 40%. ASU is ranked 8th in the country for total research expenditures among institutions without a medical school, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey (2017). ASU also ranked 8th for the Department of Health and Human Services funding among all U.S. institutions without a medical school, ahead of Princeton, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University. The 2017 HERD rankings placed ASU high in several other categories, including: (1) 44th out of 903 universities in total R&D expenditures (ahead of the University of Chicago, Brown and Princeton University); (2) 22nd in NSF-funded expenditures (ahead of Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University), and (3) 21st out of 903 for Non-Medical School expenditures (ahead of Stanford University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University).

Endowment: ASU’s endowment grew from $206 million at the end of June 2002 to $721 million at the end of June 2018, a growth of nearly 250%. In the same period, total assets of the ASU Foundation grew from $228 million to $1.01 billion—an increase of 343%. The ASU Foundation raised $407M for scholarships and fellowships from 2002 through 2019. Since 2002, the ASU Foundation has raised $147 million in endowed positions and other faculty support. Funds raised for capital projects by the ASU Foundation between 2002 and 2019 totaled $230 million.

ASU Research Infrastructure

ASU has the financial and asset management systems required to administer awards such as the one described in this proposal. ASU delivers services to investigators and sponsors through a Distributed Services Model. Responsibility to provide service to investigators and sponsors is shared by a central unit and multiple decentralized academic, research, and administrative units.

Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA) is the centralized unit whose primary mission is to enhance ASU’s ability to compete for external funds by ensuring that regulatory requirements are properly integrated and consistently implemented. Research Advancement (RA) staff are the decentralized academic, research, and administrative staff closest to the investigators who are best able to support their individual goals and promote the unique mission of their respective units. RA staff are the first point of contact for investigators and they work collaboratively with ORSPA as responsibilities transition from one unit to the other throughout the life of the project.

ORSPA provides support to Unit RA staff and investigators through two teams: Proposal & Negotiations Team and Award Management. The Office of Industry and Research Collaborations (OIRC) also falls within ORSPA. Its purpose is to process proposals and contracts with Industry partners and serves a liaison with ASU’s Technology Transfer Office to provide recommendations and help in the decision-making process on Intellectual Property (IP)-related matters. The office helps mitigate risks and aims to increase the revenues for the organization while ensuring compliance with ASU’s obligation to the State and Federal laws.

In addition, the Project Management Office (PMO) in KED is staffed with experienced project managers who assist PIs in the administration of large, complex, and translational projects, allowing the PI to maintain a focus on the science.

ASU has comprehensive, interrelated policies and guidelines addressing the conduct of ASU employees, their interactions with private industry, and disclosure of conflict of interest. The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) is a resource for investigators and for the whole university to act ethically while conducting research and to comply with federal, state, and university regulations governing research.

The Office of National Research Initiatives in Washington, D.C., Center (ASU DC) assists ASU in advancing its research mission through activities such as: (a) facilitating relationships with agency program managers by orchestrating meetings between ASU investigators and agency personnel; (b) providing faculty with timely information and intelligence from the federal agencies to enhance ASU’s competitive position; and (c) helping ASU researchers gain knowledge of federal agencies’ priority-setting processes.

ASU Health- and Technology-related Offices, Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

ASU has established a range of research offices, institutes, and centers to bring together researchers from across disciplines. (For a more complete list of all health-related units, see Health@ASU.edu [https://health.asu.edu], launched in March 2016.) A selection of ones focusing on health and technology would include the following: Health, technology, and biosciences: The Office of Clinical Partnerships, which serves as a link between ASU and various industrial and clinical partners in the community, was created to help ASU researchers strengthen and expand connections to biomedical institutions in Arizona and to bring together clinical and investigative interests and strengths in a collaborative framework for biomedical research and development; and the ASU partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on developing earlier diagnostics, prognostics, and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. The Center for Global Health advances innovative approaches to understand and address health as a critical and complex part of the broader human condition. The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) has university-wide appointments, faculty affiliates, staff, programs and projects, and collaborates with an array of other units at ASU, including the Biodesign Institute (an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on innovation in biomedicine and healthcare, energy and the environment, and national security;  among the entities in Biodesign are the Microbiome Analysis Lab and the Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics); the Center for Metabolic and Vascular Biology; the Global Institute of Sustainability (which advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world); and the Center for Biology and Society. The Institute for Social Science Research aims to provide research-based support for interdisciplinary collaboration among social science departments, schools and research centers across ASU.

ASU is also a member of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium (AAC), with the Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, TGen, the University of Arizona, and the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.  The AAC is the nation's leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer's disease research. Established in 1998, the Consortium capitalizes on its participating institutions' complementary strengths in brain imaging computer science, genomics, the basic and cognitive neurosciences and clinical and neuropathology research to promote the scientific understanding and early detection of Alzheimer's disease and find effective disease-stopping and prevention therapies. It also seeks to educate Arizona residents about Alzheimer's disease, research progress in the state and the resources needed to help patients, families and professionals manage the disease. The Consortium is determined to find effective treatments to halt the progression and prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease in the next 12 years. Edson College administrators and research scientists actively participate in the activities of the consortium.

ASU’s holistic approach to student health and well-being earned the university the Healthy Campus Award, presented by Active Minds, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness to and reducing the stigma around mental health issues. In its third year, the award is presented to colleges and universities for their efforts to promote and protect the mental health, physical health and overall well-being of their students. ASU is one of seven higher education institutions to receive it. Notable health and wellness initiatives at ASU include same-day appointments through ASU Counseling Services; consultation assistance for parents, faculty, staff and students who have concerns about a student; a 24-hour dedicated crisis hotline; Recovery Rising, a program to support students in addiction recovery; Devils 4 Devils, a peer-education program to support students in distress; the Disability Resource Center; and many others.

Other health-related initiatives include the ASU/Mayo Clinic Obesity Solutions Initiative, announced in January 2013. It works with community and industry partners to identify, test, and scale solutions to obesity that will actually work for real people in the real world. Most of its research, outreach, and training activities take place in Phoenix and Arizona, but its goal is to create solutions that work well everywhere. It has many key community partners, including (but not limited to) the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office, Boeing, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Key collaborators within ASU include numerous centers, programs, colleges (including Edson College), schools, and faculty experts. The New Health Solutions Initiative (NHSI) is an alliance initiated by President Michael Crow’s office and announced in June 2015. It will help garner attention, support and guidance for ASU health-related projects. Members will serve as ambassadors for ASU’s research and education programs in the health space and provide high-level input, resources, and connections to potential external partners. The NHSI also further integrates the Health Futures Council (HFC) into all ASU activities: the HFC is a group convened to guide and support the university's health-related research, education and clinical programs. This unique and specialized body of leaders provides influence, advice, and opportunities to connect ASU with critical resources to advance its health initiatives, facilitate projects, and encourage collaborative solutions.

In October 2016 ASU and the Mayo Clinic officially announced the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care, a partnership aimed at transforming medical education and health care in the U.S., helping doctors reduce costs, simplify the system and save more lives. ASU and Mayo have been working together in a partnership since 2002, first with the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation–Mayo campus program. The Alliance programs range from nursing to medical imaging to regenerative and rehabilitative medicine to wearable biosensors.  As part of Mayo’s new medical school in Scottsdale, the partnership is creating a specialized curriculum and certification in the science of health care delivery. The jointly developed courses will focus on how patients receive care to improve quality, outcomes and cost.

Among the many ASU groups that promote technology is Skysong Innovations(formerly, Arizona Technology Enterprises, the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for ASU), the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, home to a global business community that links technology, research, education and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders in the knowledge economy. The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing is an interdisciplinary research center focused on cutting-edge research in human-centered multimedia computing focusing on assistive, rehabilitative and healthcare applications. The Center for Law, Science & Innovation, in the College of Law, is an established leader in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory problems caused by the rapid developments in science and technology in today’s world.

Decision Theater offers decision support tools and immersive environments, using state-of-the-art visualization, simulation, and solutions tools that allow decision makers to look at complex data, models, and visualizations in novel ways. The Decision Theater at The McCain Institute, Washington, DC,part of the ASU Decision Theater Network, is one block from the White House. This unique facility provides an open-source environment where the use of technology is embraced in the decision-making process. This location acts as a gateway between ASU and policy makers at the national and international level.


Diversity in student groups and ASU offices: Among the many programs that serve students from diverse backgrounds are the Disability Resource Center; the Multicultural Student Center (which seeks to provide all students, including multicultural, biracial, and multiracial students, access to services designed to assist them in pursuing academic success); the Pat Tillman Veterans Center; and the LGBTQA Services (for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students and their allies). The Office of the Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs fosters open communication and strengthened relationships between ASU and American Indian tribes; works to recruit, retain, and increase graduation rates of American Indian students; promotes and supports American Indian programming throughout ASU; and advocates on behalf of ASU’s American Indian students, among other activities.  Among other groups available to American Indian students are the America Indian Council, American Indian Student Support Services, and the American Indian Graduate Student Association. El Concilio, the Hispanic Business Students Association, and the ASU Latino Partnership/Hispanic Business Alumni Scholars are three of the many offerings for Hispanic students. Supporting Asian students are the ASU Asian/Pacific American Students’ Coalition, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and others. Among the supportive groups for African American students are the Black & African Coalition, the Black Student Union, and African-American Men of ASU. For more on diversity throughout ASU, see https://inclusion.asu.edu/; for additional student groups, http://asu.orgsync.com/search; and for additional alumni groups, https://alumni.asu.edu/groups.

Initially established in 2001, the Southwest Borderlands Initiative is a long-term faculty appointment plan with two primary objectives: (1) the strengthening of existing ASU scholarly and instructional resources on the Southwest, with an emphasis on the region along the United States–Mexico border, and (2) enhancing institutional recruitment and retention efforts toward building a faculty fully reflective of the Southwest Borderlands’ diversity. The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation has one active professor and one emeritus professor among its faculty. The Southwest Interdisciplinary Resource Center (SIRC) is an NIH-Funded Exploratory Center of Excellence (P20) that conducts multidisciplinary, community-based research on culturally grounded drug-use prevention and services.

Faculty and staff organizations include, among others, the Chicano Latino Faculty & Staff Association, Ubiquity (serving ASU faculty and staff concerned with issues of relevance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the ASU community), and University Career Women. The Faculty Women of Color Caucus is an independent gathering that hosts groups and opportunities for networking and professional advancement.

ASU programs and units that foster diversity: Faculty and staff organizations include, among others, the Chicano Latino Faculty & Staff Association, Ubiquity (serving ASU faculty and staff concerned with issues of relevance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the ASU community), and University Career Women. The Faculty Women of Color Caucus is an independent gathering that hosts groups and opportunities for networking and professional advancement.

Other examples of ASU’s commitment to diversity include the following: The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law provides legal services to minority communities (e.g., its Indian Legal Clinic, the Immigration Clinic). The Chicano Research Collection in the ASU libraries, established in 1970, obtains works by and about Mexican Americans in the United States, placing those materials in a separate library collection as a central resource for ASU faculty and students. Upward Bound is a federally funded, college-preparatory program that serves high school students who are low-income and/or who will be the first in their families to earn 4-year college degrees. A parallel Veterans Upward Bound Program is designed to meet the needs of veterans for improving their academic skills in English, reading, math, and computer literacy.

ASU Library

A premier research library in North America, the ASU Library is a member of the distinguished Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Greater Western Library Alliance. The library’s collection contains over 4.5 million volumes and a full array of digital resources.  The library’s web site at http://lib.asu.edu provides access to the online catalog, more than 690 research databases, 400,000 e-book titles and 85,000 full-text electronic journals.  The ASU Library is also a depository library for the United States Government and has an extensive collection of government publications. Other types of materials include cartographic materials, graphic materials, and video and sound recordings.  Updates on library resources, services, special events and more are available at the Library Channel (https://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel).  The Downtown Phoenix campus Library provides access to books and other research resources focusing on support of the curriculum taught at the downtown campus, which includes the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation (Edson College), the College of Health Solutions (CHS), the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Letters and Sciences, the College of Public Service & Community Solutions, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.  Librarians have created online Library Guides that assist students, staff, and faculty in finding the best resources on a subject or a specific course. The Health Science, Nursing, and Nutrition Library Guides provide links to research databases, citation resources, and beginning and advanced video tutorials. The downtown campus library also provides two professionally trained Health Sciences librarians to support students, faculty, and staff across all Health Sciences related programs and departments.

The Noble Science and Engineering Library, on the Tempe campus, houses the collections for astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, geography, geology, industry standards, maps and aerial photographs, mathematics, and physics.  Other libraries on the Tempe campus include the Architecture and Environmental Design Library; the Hayden Library, which houses materials in the humanities and social sciences, including business and education; the Ross-Blakley Law Library; and the Music Library.  The Polytechnic campus Library has materials primarily in the areas of Aviation, and Engineering.  The Fletcher Library on the West campus supports the West campus curriculum and features an extensive media collection. 



Organizational Structure, Programs, and Degrees

The mission of the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation (Edson College)at Arizona State University (ASU) is to distinguish Edson College as a model for excellence and inspiration in nursing and interprofessional practice, education, and research to advance knowledge, and innovative practice models, and new solutions to optimize the health and well-being of our diverse local, national, and global communities.

The Edson College Mission and Goals are aligned with the ASU Charter: “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”

The 2020-2025 goals are to deliver excellent, innovative, nationally-recognized nursing and interprofessional programs that are accessible, inclusive, and learner-centered; build a national reputation in innovative nursing and health-related programs that significantly impact individuals and communities; establish ASU as a global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2025; and enhance our local impact and social embeddedness.

The college recently received a 25 million dollar gift to name the college and coalesce our focus on aging studies, gerontology, family caregiving, and dementia care, focusing on taking research from the “bench to the bedside,” and care delivery from the acute setting, to the clinic, and into the home. Spring 2019, Charlene and J. Orin Edson made a $50 million gift to Arizona State University, to be split evenly between the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Biodesign Institute in support of the university’s groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research on dementia, and to enhance education and training for nurses and caregivers. Gretchen Buhlig, CEO of the ASU Foundation, stated that the $25 million gift to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation resulted in the college changing its name to Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The gift also created The Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education, which is named for Charlene’s mother.

Edson College began its existence in 1957, when it established the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program; it now offers nursing and interprofessional health undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. Edson  has the following centers: Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research; Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging; Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience; and Center for World Health.

Edson College has graduated over 11,850 students. In Fall 2018 there were 2,024 undergraduate BSN students. There were 1,002: other undergraduate degrees, with 323 in Integrative Health; 173 in Health Entrepreneurship & Innovation; 207 Health Care Coordination; 36 in Health Care Compliance & Regulation. Among undergraduates, 53.5% were White; 41.8% were from ethnic minority backgrounds (with the majority, 27.4%, being Hispanic/Latino); 4.7% were non-U.S. residents, of two or more races, or of unknown ethnicity.

Graduate enrollment for Fall 2019 was 457, broken down as follows: 19 students were enrolled in the Master of Science, Nurse Educator program; 99 in Clinical Research Management; 61 in the Masters of Healthcare Innovation; 4 in the Master of Science in Nursing, Care Coordination program; 227 in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); and 40 in the PhD program. Among those in the PhD program, 30% were ethnic minorities (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, or Hispanic/Latino), and 17.5% were not residents.

In FY 2019 , there were 139 faculty members at Edson College, 18 of whom were tenured; 11.5% were ethnic minorities; and the balance (18 faculty) were International, of two or more races, or of unspecified ethnicity.

The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP nursing programs at Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation), effective November 4, 2013, for 10 years.  The baccalaureate and MS Nursing and nurse practitioner (DNP) programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. 

Undergraduate program offerings in nursing and health innovation include the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN), the BS in Community Health; BS in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation,  BS in Integrative Health, BS in Health Care Coordination, and BS in Healthcare Compliance and Regulations. The BAS program in applied science with a concentration in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation  is designed for students with an AAS degree in allied health fields who want to lead transformative change in health through the creation of new products, processes, and systems.

Edson College  offers multiple educational pathways to earn a BSN. The prelicensure pathways to a BSN include the traditional prelicensure clinical nursing program, and the post-baccalaureate clinical nursing program.  The college also has a partnership with Mayo Clinic Arizona to offer the prelicensure BSN program on its campus.  The RN to BSN program offers Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn a BSN by completing their upper-division nursing degree requirements online. The ASU-Maricopa Community College Concurrent Enrollment Program (ASU-MCC CEP) allows students to simultaneously earn an Associate of Science degree in Nursing while completing RN to BSN coursework at ASU.  The Eastern Arizona College (EAC)–ASU program allows current EAC students and licensed RNs to complete RN to BSN courses at ASU.

Graduate program offerings in nursing and health innovation include (a) Master of Science in Clinical Research Management, (b) Master of Science in Regulatory Science, (c) Master of Health Care Innovation, (d) Master of Science in Nursing  (e) Master of Science in Nursing – Educator (f) Master of Science in Nursing – Entry to Nursing Practice (MEPN) (g) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and (h) PhD in Nursing and Health Innovation.  The PhD in Nursing and Health Innovation is the primary research degree offered by the college, and it blends on-site program delivery with synchronous web-enhanced courses.  It is designed for interdisciplinary scholars who wish to pursue careers as leaders in health policy, education, and research. Research practica, teaching, and policy courses are required; additional substantive and elective coursework is pursued, based on a student's individual plan of study. PhD students benefit from a highly individualized program that emphasizes strong faculty mentorship. The DNP is a practice doctorate that prepares nurse practitioners and nurse leaders to impact health outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems. In addition to the clinically focused specialty concentrations, it also offers the Innovation Leadership DNP. In 2019 U.S. News and World Reports ranked the DNP program #22  in its list of “Best Nursing Schools” for DNP programs for 2020. and Master’s in Nursing #35.

Graduate certificates include Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, as well as Health Care Innovation, , Clinical Research Management,  and Nurse Education in Academic and Practice Settings.  

Continuing and Professional Education offerings are on a variety of topics, including Innovative Healthcare Leadership, Health Policy,  and Lactation.

• Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Edson College collaborates with Mayo Clinic on a joint upper-division nursing program based at Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix/Scottsdale. This is a traditional 4-semester program. The academic program on the Mayo campus provides unique learning opportunities as students completed all clinical rotations at the Mayo campus except for Community Health, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health. In addition to faculty instruction, students learn from clinical experts from many disciplines including physical therapy, respiratory therapy, Wound Ostomy Care Nurses, research manager, transplant nurse practitioner, and dietitians. Students also have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary simulation experiences with Mayo employees. The partnership has graduated 9 cohorts (160 students) since 2004.  Due to the success of the program and strong interest from students, the cohort size was expanded to from 20 to 32 students each cycle in 2014.  The success of this academic partnership can be seen in the number of years of above-average NCLEX pass rate (98%) overall rate, the percentage of students not only hired at Mayo (average of 52% from each cohort) but also retained 1 year after hire (89%), and the expanded collaboration of Edson College and Mayo Adjunct faculty in curriculum development and committee service.

Simultaneous with the development of the academic program partnership there were joint supported evidenced-based practice training and research between Edson College and Mayo Clinic. Two major areas of research collaboration developed: Cancer Prevention & Treatment and Health Disparities. The partnership research collaborations have begun to reach beyond nursing and have become transdisciplinary in nature. Additional collaborations include Barrett Honors students completing nursing research at Mayo Clinic Hospital. For more on the connections between ASU and Mayo, such as the strategic collaboration between Mayo and ASU, see http://mayo.asu.edu.   In 2015, the ASU Edson College–Mayo partnership was a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Academic-Practice Partnership Award.

•  VA Nursing Academic Partnership

Edson College is one of eighteen nursing schools in the country that were selected for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the largest employer of nurses in the U.S., the VA launched academic partnerships like this one to help recruit additional nurses into Veteran health. The 5-year program (2013 – 2018) provided $4 million to fund two additional faculty positions at Edson College and three additional faculty positions at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. It also increased ASU’s undergraduate nurses by approximately 20 students each fall. To date, 69 have graduated from the VANAP program. May 2017 graduates had a 100% NCLEX pass rate.

The grant provided ASU nursing students with unique clinical experience working directly with U.S. veterans in the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The students who participated in the program gained expertise working in interprofessional teams to provide health care to veterans. Their clinical rotations provided them with experiences to impact  the health care needs of veterans with multiple trauma, brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In Spring 2018, 8 VANAP students completed clinical practicum experiences in primary care clinics. ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center also connects veteran students interested in a nursing degree with the opportunity to apply for the program.

• Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) entered into a collaborative agreement to support workforce development and research initiatives. To meet workforce needs of PCH and the pediatric community, an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner DNP degree and Post-graduate certificate was developed and implemented, admitting the first 8 students in August 2018.  These students will be completing nursing and Interprofessional clinical practicum experiences at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) was developed in collaboration with PCH that will provide a unique opportunity for pre-licensure nursing students interested in pediatric care, to complete dedicated clinical hours and additional didactic courses specific to pediatrics. The first 8 students will begin the DEU experience in Spring 2019.  In addition to supporting the education of ASU students, the DEU will provide the opportunity for PCH nurses to serve as ASU faculty and adjunct appointments. 

Centers housed within Edson College

 • Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research

Edson College’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER) is focused on leading Edson College and ASU’s interprofessional initiatives and advancing thinking, research, practice, and education tools and strategies for teamwork and collaboration.  The Center and its partners equip faculty and students with knowledge, tools, and strategies to learn and work across professions and settings; support community partners in designing, improving, and evaluating team-based practices; and enable robust programs of research to increase understanding of team performance and its impact on important health and healthcare outcomes. CAIPER’s reach spreads across health professions at ASU and other universities and clinical organizations in Phoenix and Arizona.  Its mission and strategic objectives are closely aligned with national, state, and local goals for improving preparation of students for current and future healthcare practice and improving health care quality and value. CAIPER’s work specifically emphasizes advancing the goals of the New American University for transdisciplinary science and innovation, the National Quality Strategy for Healthcare, national and local workforce aims for high performance teamwork and quality outcomes, as well as the requirements of national accreditation organizations for competence in interprofessional practice and education. With almost 300 subscribers to its blog list serve and averaging 500 visits to its website (https://ipe.asu.edu/) per month, CAIPER has become one of the leading voices in the interprofessional arena nationwide since its inception in 2016.

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention      

Established in 2015, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) is a transdisciplinary center focused on developing and implementing health promotion interventions in vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Through collaborative work with communities, the Center aims to optimize health outcomes through individual, family, and systems-level interventions that focus on children, adolescents, and adults at highest risk for premature morbidity and mortality. The Center's three core functions include research, mentoring, and community engagement activities which, are guided by 13 full-time faculty and supported by team of almost 82 staff and students. The day-to-day activities across the center are coordinated through an administrative core with 2 dedicated administrative specialists to support faculty, staff, and mentees. In 2018-2019, CHPDP researchers published 55 peer-reviewed publications, stemming from more than $25 million in total research funding.

• Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging

Launched in the spring of 2019, the Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging (CIHRA) provides the ideal structure to design, build, and sustain a bold, nationally competitive venture in aging. It capitalizes on ASU’s two overarching strengths in aging: (a) behavior change and intervention for midlife and older populations and (b) aging, disease, and disease processes.

Formed from the merger of two ABOR-approved centers housed in the Edson College (The Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging and The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence), CIHRA intends to advance (a) research that helps solve challenges in aging from the cellular to policy levels; (b) training in aging principles, critical challenges in aging, and the best transdisciplinary practices and state of the science to manage those challenges; (c) local to global education and service through a two-way research and knowledge transfer that helps the university community, its partners, and the communities we serve better understand and address aging issues; and (d) effective dissemination of ASU’s innovations in aging into diverse settings.

CIHRA leverages existing resources by engaging ASU’s faculty and students across the university with investments in interdisciplinary faculty fellows and student scholars (postdoctoral, graduate students, and undergraduate students).

Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience

Launched in May 2017, The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience at ASU unveils the power of mindful living to advance our well-being and engagement through learning and connecting with the larger community. Its vision is to “create an academic ‘Culture of Caring’ by advancing mindfulness and compassion practices at ASU and the community to nurture purpose, focus, resilience, and connection.”

This initiative focuses on deepening ASU's culture of healthfulness, personal balance, and resiliency among students and employees. The center serves as a convening vehicle for students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn about mindfulness initiatives at ASU and brings together a vast array of interests to best honor the needs of the university's diverse population. It will promote and connect mindfulness efforts currently underway as well as inspire and support future endeavors across ASU campuses, within Phoenix and the surrounding communities.


Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement (RISE) is a unit dedicated to supporting research advancement in Edson College. The associate dean of RISE leads the team of research professionals whose areas of expertise encompass sponsored projects administration, the latest data and methodological approaches, and effective grant writing and manuscript development and dissemination. The following RISE units report to the associate dean:

Project Administration Core Team

The Project Administration Core Team (PACT), formerly the Office for Research & Scholarship (ORS), promotes the success of faculty researchers and scholars in the conduct and dissemination of their research. The director of research advancement establishes priorities and recommends timelines to coordinate grant editing, budgetary, and statistical support for each investigator; assists investigators in interpreting funding agency regulations and requirements; coordinates the internal and external grant routing process with the ASU Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA); coordinates and tracks PACT data; maintains the archives; and fulfills multiple administrative functions. The director leads the pre-award and post-award teams on a day-to-day basis in all activities. The pre-award team works with faculty on the production and distribution of grant applications. The post-award team provides support with post-award functions, including purchasing, travel, and account monitoring.

Methodological and Data Core

Statisticians, who typically serve as Co-Investigators on funded projects, assist faculty and trainees in preparation of grant applications, oversee and conduct analysis of quantitative research project data, participate in dissemination of research findings though peer-reviewed presentations and published manuscripts, and provide mentoring and assistance with statistical methods to trainees. The Data Lab serves faculty and collaborators from the local community with assistance in database development and use of the REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) data collection platform; consultation on using Excel, SPSS, SAS, and other software for data management and analysis; and assistance with selection and application of appropriate statistical techniques to research data, primarily for unfunded and small-scale grant-funded projects. The Data Lab also offers training on topics that include data entry and management, advanced statistical techniques, and research design. It also provides some support in helping faculty mentors to guide student research projects.

Communications Core

A grant writing resource specialist/editor leads this core by supporting faculty preparing grant proposals and applications or publications through editing, proofreading, researching, and advising on an approach to application questions. In addition, the editor works closely with the associate dean of RISE on special projects within Edson College and across ASU and acts as a liaison between RISE and ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development.  With a faculty colleague in Academic Innovation, the editor facilitates faculty writing groups and periodic workshops of a variety of grant- and manuscript-related writing topics.


Academic Innovation (AI) team members are leaders in transforming higher education. The AI Team promotes educational excellence by providing Edson College faculty and staff with a diverse array of expert programs, services, resources, and consultation related to evaluation, teaching support, academic contracts, and educational scholarship.

Evaluation:Consultation, services, and resources that support educational effectiveness; data collection, data management, data analysis and its dissemination to support academic unit/program decision-making and quality improvement initiatives and activities; online course evaluation system and academic program assessment planning support. Teaching/Learning SupportInstructional design, consultation, classes, workshops, and resources to promote innovative teaching and learning. Learning management system support; instructional technical support for computer-based testing. Academic Contracts: Consultation, services, and resources directed to the negotiation, preparation, execution, management, and verification of academic program based student placement affiliation agreements with community-based clinical and/or fieldwork placement site agencies. Educational Scholarship: Consultation for educational research and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) includingeditorial support for faculty writing manuscripts.


The Edson Global Health Collaboratory (GHC) is dedicated to extending Edson programs beyond organizational or geographic boundaries. GHC work focuses on connecting existing programs with new partners and developing innovative new ways to educate health professionals worldwide. GHC is developing global collegiate partnerships, expanding non-credit education programs to nontraditional students and growing international student and faculty exchange opportunities. These programs connect Edson with local, national and international communities. Edson currently has programs and partnerships in twelve countries, spread across five continents.

Under the direction of the Senior Associate Dean, the GHC staffing consists of a director, assistant director-study abroad and service learning, assistant director-non-credit programs and stackable credentials, business manager, program coordinator, Sr. and several faculty associate subject matter experts.


The Office of Interprofessional Continuing Health Education (OICHE) is an ASU-wide initiative reporting directly to the University Provost Office.  The OICHE holds a Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (JAICE) which enables ASU to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing, pharmacy, and optometry continuing education through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. As a leading model for interprofessional collaborative practice, JAICE establishes the standards for education providers to deliver interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) planned by the healthcare team for the healthcare team. IPCE occurs when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (ACCME, ACPE, ANCC, 2015).

The OICHE at ASU consists of a director, assistant director and office assistant/receptionist Sr. working in consultation with an interprofessional Executive Committee and Advisory Council. The mission of the OICHE is, “We strive to optimize health and healthcare team knowledge, innovative skills, values and evidence-based strategies to design, implement and evaluate team-based models of health and healthcare to improve value, enhance the patient experience of care, impact population health and cultivate the well-being and work life of healthcare providers.”


In addition to its collaborations with the Mayo Clinic and the Phoenix Veterans Administration Health Care System (discussed above), Edson College has many other community contacts, among them the following:

ASU Health Services–Community Health Center: Our accredited clinic offers care for students, employees, and other persons in the downtown Phoenix community and beyond. Its certified nurse practitioners listen and take a hands-on approach to educate all clients, including students, employees, and community members, to provide the best service possible. The clinic provides primary care for patients aged 16 and older. The health care provider staff clinicians specialize in family practice and provide services for acute care, sudden illness, physicals, men’s and women’s wellness exams, and management of chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. The service area includes physical exam rooms and a special procedure room. Bilingual (Spanish-English) staff are available.

Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Initiative

In May 2013, a group of students from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona began developing Arizona’s first student-run clinic for vulnerable populations. This small, service-learning program was named the Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) Community Initiative. As the program gained funding and developed its core of student leaders during the start-up process, its community and volunteer support has grown tremendously. SHOW collaborates with multiple community partners to provide free integrated primary care, health prevention, and promotion services using an interprofessional care delivery model through primary care services, Hotspotting, Street Medicine-Phoenix and more. SHOW’s partnership with Crossroads Inc. has expanded services to those who are recovering from substance use disorders. Through all of SHOW’s interprofessional community projects and programs, students, faculty, and community providers share responsibility for achieving health outcomes and improving education while reducing cost and adding value in health care delivery and education. SHOW has become a recognized leader in interprofessional practice and learning contributing outcomes on a national level via participation in the National Center for Education Nexus Innovations Incubator as a pioneer project, and is now considered an exemplar program for the Nexus.

Additionally, SHOW has expanded on its learning laboratory through the production of three experiential learning courses focused on interprofessional education and providing team-based services to vulnerable populations.  Through hands-on learning opportunities, the three classes delve deeper into the categories of community health, complex health, and comprehensive systems health. 

Scottsdale Healthcare and the Virginia Piper Cancer Center (VPCC) collaborate with the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation to develop and foster cancer research that is focused on symptom management and quality of life. 




For ESIs, describe institutional investment in the success of the investigator, e.g., resources for classes, travel, training; collegial support such as career enrichment programs, assistance and guidance in the supervision of trainees involved with the ESIs project, and availability of organized peer groups; logistical support such as administrative management and oversight and best practices training; and financial support such as protected time for research with salary support.



Knowledge Enterprise (KE)

               Knowledge and Enterprise Operations, in ASU Knowledge Enterprise (KE), serves as an essential resource to ASU faculty and staff by assisting to secure and successfully manage external funding for University research and sponsored activities. KE Operations achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification after successfully passing an independent third-party quality and process audit by DEKRA Certification, Inc. ISO 9001:2015 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard, which outlines ways to achieve and benchmark consistent performance and service. The certification applies to all service and support functions at Knowledge Enterprise, including the departments that provide administration; services and support functions of proposal development, submission; and award setup, management, and closeout.

KE provides training resources to faculty through the Research Academy website (https://researchacademy.asu.edu), launched in 2015, which serves as “ASU’s gateway for information on grant proposal development and grant writing strategies for faculty and other researchers.” On that site, investigators may access proposal writing strategies, resources, templates, and tools.

KE Operations provides training resources to staff involved in ASU’s research administration process through the Research Administration website (https://researchadmin.asu.edu/). There, staff may access process and work instructions, job aids, and tools designed to provide support to PIs. Additional training opportunities available through Research Academy to both faculty and staff include training events, online presentations, and an extensive video library on topics such as locating funding. Finally, the KE Operations teams support investigators with submission assistance and professional development guidance and opportunities.

Training is also available from the Office for Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) on such topics as animal care, biosafety, conflict of interest, export controls, the Freedom of Information Act, human subjects, ORIA researcher orientation, and responsible conduct in research. Each compliance area has training resources and several areas have mandatory training requirements. Most online modules can be completed at one sitting or over a number of sessions. Workshops and presentations are offered by ORIA, researchers, and faculty from a variety of departments. Each workshop or presentation is topic driven, relevant to the audience needs, and engages audience participation. 

KE’s Research Development (RD) group identifies national and global opportunities, populates the funding.asu.edu website with ASU-eligible research funding opportunities, and provides competitive intelligence for funding agencies. RD also sponsors events throughout the year designed to increase and improve ASU faculty funding activity. These events include funding kick-off meetings and proposal-writing workshops, as well as proposal clinics that featured agency speakers or expert consultants and faculty panelists. In addition, Research Development connects faculty with grant writing contractors who can support federal sponsored research proposals.

            KED also offers the Travel of Research Investigators to Potential Sponsors (TRIPS) program, which provides travel funds for investigators (early stage to senior) to visit staff or potential sponsors at the sponsor or regional headquarters to discuss proposed project or programs.

Skysong Innovations

For faculty members with an interest in entrepreneurial activities, Skysong Innovations (formerly, Arizona Technology Enterprises [AzTE]) is the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for ASU. Skysong Innovations works with faculty, investors, and our industry partners to speed the flow of innovation from research laboratory to the marketplace. In 2019, researchers at ASU disclosed 301 inventions to Skysong Innovation. This record number of disclosures allowed Skysong Innovations to achieve new benchmarks in technology commercialization, with 129 U.S. patents issued, and 18 new startups launched. Since its establishment, it has fostered the launch of more than 140 startups,  over 3,800 invention disclosed, issued over 845 patents, and helped to attract more than $833 million in investment capital, among many other achievements.


Early-stage investigators (ESIs) in Edson College are supported by Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement (RISE), headed by the associate dean of RISE. It includes Project Administrative Core Team ([PACT] which comprises a team of research specialists who guide the investigator through the submission process with a pre- and postaward team led by the PACT assistant director of research advancement), statisticians, an editor, and a data-lab management team. Further support for ESIs comes from Edson College research centers, senior research faculty, and the leadership within Edson College. ESIs have the opportunity to participate in a mock review of their application by senior investigators prior to submittal so they have feedback on the submission from mentors.

Edson College provides the ESI with research start-up funding upon hire as well as funding for moving expenses, and they receive all necessary computer equipment from the college. Edson College typically reduces the teaching requirements of an ESI in their first academic year to provide the ESI ample time to devote to his or her research. Investigators who are successful with any submission, such as an R21 or any similar award, are also provided with financial support from the recovered facilities and administration costs. ASU provides the investigator 5% of the recovered indirect costs in an account specific to the investigator, and Edson College provides an additional 5% of the recovered indirect costs, received by Edson College to the investigator as well.  In addition to RISE, the research centers, and senior faculty, the following groups and activities have been designed to be among the most beneficial to ESIs:

 Writing Support (available through ASU and Edson College)

The coordinator for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (a part of Academic Innovation at Edson College) and the editor for Edson College have jointly facilitated faculty writing groups since fall 2009 on the Downtown campus. These writing groups have been meeting biweekly to assist faculty produce grants, articles, or presentations; receive mentorship; and collaboratively help solve writing issues. The editor periodically offers noontime workshops on a variety of writing topics, such as writing concisely, using plain language in grants and manuscripts, and finding grant funding.

KED’s Research Development team sponsors events throughout the year to help researchers hone their proposal-writing skills, including proposal clinics featuring agency speakers, expert consultants, and faculty panelists who share advice on preparing competitive grant submissions. In addition, Research Development connects faculty with grant writing contractors able to support federal sponsored research proposals.

Mentoring Programs for Early-Stage Investigators

Edson College’s associate dean–RISE (Research, Initiatives, Support, and Engagement) of tenure-track faculty lead mentoring groups for ESI that focus on grant writing, manuscript writing, and scholarly activities directed towards tenure. ESIs have the opportunity to schedule a mock review of their application by senior investigators prior to submittal so they have feedback on the submission from mentors. Senior faculty also support ESIs with mentoring on grant development.

Ongoing mentoring for ESIs is also offered by the research centers and RISE. RISE includes the Project Administrative Core Team (PACT), which comprises a team of research specialists who guide the investigator through the submission process with a pre- and postaward team led by the PACT assistant director of research advancement; statisticians; an editor; and a data-lab management team. The Academic Innovation team offers, among other services, support for educational scholarship (research and the scholarship of teaching and learning), training and support in instructional design (e.g., Blackboard, webcams, and other course technologies), and instructional technical support.


If there are multiple performance sites, describe the resources available at each site.

[Each faculty member should supply his or her own information for this section.]



• Describe any special facilities used for working with biohazards or other potentially dangerous substances. Note: Information about Select Agents must be described in the Research Plan, 5.5.11 (Select Agent Research).

[For a response to this section, please be guided by, among others, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) in the OVPREA's Office of Research Integrity and Assurance: http://researchintegrity.asu.edu/biosafety. If you are applying for an NIH grant, please also be sure that you are up to date on NIH requirements: see, e.g., policies put into place in January 2016 concerning "Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources in NIH Grant Applications." The same advice, of course, pertains to staying current on the policies of other potential funders.]

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