Driven by purpose, we are committed to transformative discoveries and translating them to ensure societal impact.

The Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I³R, pronounced “i cubed r”) at the University of Arkansas is the new model of public research and economic development.

I³R is about discovery and innovation to bring the future to the Now.

I³R is bringing change-makers and thought-leaders together, collaborating with commercial, philanthropic, non-profit and governmental organizations to deliver positive societal impact.


I³R drives innovation and impact through Collaboratories:

Collaboratories of People

The people of I³R address the challenges facing our world and have a mindset that is driven by purpose and ready to adapt. They intertwine into mission-based, cross-functional teams ready to pursue complex problems and to converge ideas and expertise.

Collaboratories of Physical & Digital Spaces

The physical and digital spaces of I³R allow us to gather to deliberate, to disseminate knowledge and to put discovery into action to spur economic development.


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.

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