Resilient Innovative Sustainable Economies via University Partnerships

RISE-UP is a collaboration of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and 401 Tech Bridge (a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation). Together, these organizations leverage complementary technical expertise, collectively develop, and commercialize scalable technologies, and build a workforce for industries of the future.

There are four components to the RISE-UP initiative, that have parallel programs within each state and each location. These components are complimentary and have specific aims that together will develop technical solutions to real world needs, build experiential education, and provide cross-disciplinary training in innovation and entrepreneurship to cultivate an environment committed to supporting next-generation talent in building the necessary skills to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.

At UAF, these four components are:

Each component will work in parallel to build the capacity and capability of UAF researchers as well as collaborate with the equivalent programs at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and 401 Tech Bridge in Rhode Island. More details on each of the UAF programs can be found using the links above.

For more information on the RISE-UP program and its components, please contact project principal investigator Mark Billingsley ( with the subject "RISE-UP". For questions on the undergraduate training and graduate fellowships, please contact Professor Peter Webley ( 

Funding for this RISE-UP initiative is through grant funding to UAF Center ICE from the Office of Naval Research.