Research Support


NPTAO has worked with many Native nations across Arizona to obtain copies of the most up-to-date policies and protocols that control research processes and outline procedures for conducting research. Where possible, they are provided here.  Ultimately, in cases where no written policies exist, a tribe’s decision-making power vested with Native nations to allow research/engagement activities within reservation boundaries may be found in a tribe’s constitution. They are collected here.  NPTAO’s Tribal Community Profiles provide a current leadership roster and a current census-based snapshot of Arizona’s Native Nations as well as citations of sections within each tribe’s constitution, and Tribal and federal laws that may pertain to institutional research or community engagement. Click Tribal Community and Research Protocols for more information.


Visit the ORIC Database to learn ways in which our faculty, students, and staff are actively engaged in collaborative projects in Indian Country.


The Arizona Board of Regents approved the adoption of the Tribal Consultation Policy on February 5, 2016. The Policy is meant to serve as the highest level of authority, outlining consultative expectations and requirements when engaging with sovereign Native Nations. 


To ensure the UA's Research and Engagement community is prepared to implement the ABOR Tribal Consultation Policy, Senior Vice President for Research Dr. Kimberly Espy charged the Human Subjects Protection Program and NPTAO to draft and implement specific research and engagement guidelines. The Guidelines are currently under review by the campus community.  Click UA Native Research Guidelines to view the draft. We invite you to submit your comments/suggestions.  Contact NPTAO Director Claudia Nelson at for further information. 

Additional Resources:

  • The Office for the Responsible Conduct of Research supports research excellence at The University of Arizona through the adoption and implementation of policies and procedures that promote the safe, legal, and ethical conduct of research.
  • The Human Subjects Protection Program is the administrative and regulatory support program to the institutional Review Boards to maintain an ethical and compliant research program.  An IRB must review all research and related activities involving human subjects at the University of Arizona.
  • The Sponsored Projects Services assists the University of Arizona research community in its efforts to secure external funding by providing high quality administrative and financial services to ensure proper stewardship of those funds.