Give to the Inspire Fund
As we enter the season of giving, we are thrilled to introduce the Inspire Fund, a charitable giving effort to grow key institute initiatives.
Establishing the fund is a major milestone, giving friends of I³R an opportunity to join us in solving 'wicked' problems and advancing the institute's mission with their charitable contributions.
To enable strategic giving and ensure focused impact, the institute will annually select key initiatives to be funded. In alignment with the university's focus on student success and the institute's emphasis on education and empowerment, the first priority initiative to be funded is undergraduate research.
Interested in providing more undergraduate research opportunities at the U of A? Make a tax-deductible contribution to I3R's Inspire Fund.
I3R is always looking for bright and creative minds to join the growing team of innovators and problem-solvers. We invite you to view our current hiring and research experience opportunities and join us on our mission to undertake complex challenges.
Using the National Science Foundation’s “Grand Challenge” framework, our work spans across diverse disciplines and collaborative efforts to create innovations that will impact the world in unprecedented ways. Explore our approach to these wicked problems.
Fostering unity, innovation, and integration, the 144,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2024. The completion of this building will bring change-makers and thought-leaders together to collectively solve wicked problems. See live feed of our building progress and architectural renderings.
Events at I3R
Unlocking the Power of Convergence Research for Societal Impact
This edition of the I3R speaker series will feature Dr. Meredith Adkins, principal investigator for the “Cultivate IQ” NSF Convergence Accelerator project that is developing an AI-driven software product to better connect small-and-mid-sized farmers with large buyers to improve sustainability and support regional food economies.
Research that Matters: Graduate Students on the Leading-Edge of Innovation
Research and innovation is a team sport, and graduate students are contributing in significant ways to the innovative research being conducted at I3R. The final installment of the I3R Speaker Series for 2023 will feature the graduate students at I3R, each part of different teams making advances in biomedical, virtual reality and technology research to support innovation at UARK.
Events we're attending
Rotary Club of Fayetteville
Dr. Ranu Jung will speak at the Rotary Club of Fayetteville weekly meeting.
Arkansas Magazine Feature Reaching Across Realities (PDF)
I³R researchers are creating the future of virtual and augmented reality. Read how their research in neuro-haptic feedback in VR/AR has potential high-impact applications for the military and for physical rehabilitation interventions.
NWA Tech Summit Names 2023 Innovators of the Year
November 1, 2023
The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the NWA Tech Summit have named Dr. Ranu Jung, executive director of the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research, as Innovator of the Year. The Innovator of the Year is selected based upon demonstration of outstanding technical and entrepreneurial talent, positive contribution to NWA, and the advancement of the region’s economic ecosystem.
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How I³R was established
I³R was established by a $194.7 million grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.
This landmark grant created an endowment for hiring faculty teams, for supporting for state-of-the-art facilities that will include additive manufacturing, maker space, microscopy and imaging, cleanroom, pre-clinical labs, and human subjects study labs — including brain imaging with many modalities including MRI, and metabolic, sensorimotor and posture and locomotion assessments.
Additional funds are already supporting entrepreneurship education to encourage and support moving discoveries to the marketplace, as well as the establishment of the Collaborative in Bentonville.