About SFAz

Founded in 2006, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is a 501(c)(3), public/private non-profit organization created from the collaboration of three Arizona CEO business organizations – Greater Phoenix Leadership, Southern Arizona Leadership, and the Flagstaff 40.  These CEO groups made a five-year commitment to fund SFAz’s core operating costs. Those funds are now raised through corporate and individual philanthropic donations. SFAz’s purpose is to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy by:

  • Investing in scientific and engineering areas of greatest economic importance to Arizona
  • Facilitating strategic collaborations between Arizona research institutions and industry
  • Supporting effective education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Attracting and retaining world-class jobs and talent
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SFAz continues to play a pivotal role in delivering and managing an investment strategy in purpose-driven innovation, research and education to spur greater businesses opportunities, further investments and new technology sector growth.

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We support science, technology, engineering and math education as well as assist in helping schools meet new STEM standards.

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We make connections between Arizona researchers, businesses and educators. Our grants help ensure Arizona’s competitive future by funding research in areas of strategic importance to the state.

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Arizona STEM Network

A first-of-its-kind strategic effort to help improve Arizona’s educational system for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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Community College STEM Pathways

STEM Career Pathways offer students additional opportunities to explore and prepare for successful careers in new and emerging STEM fields.

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Private donations fund our operating budget, education and research efforts.

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