Our Mission

We pioneer solutions to wicked problems through convergence research across academic, industry, government, and non-profit sectors to make a positive societal impact by creating and deploying innovations at scale.

Call For Submissions

I³R Launches Music Competition to Capture the Spirit of Innovation

The competition is in partnership with Hill Records, University of Arkansas student-led recording label.

  • Submission deadline: Thursday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner of competition to receive $1,000 cash award.

Learn how to enter

Give to the Inspire Fund

Introducing 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.

Give to the Inspire Fund

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    Fall 2023

    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.

    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.

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