Alabama Research Alliance


The Alabama Research Alliance (ARA) Trust Fund is managed by the ARA Board of Directors for the support and encouragement of educational, agricultural, maricultural, and industrial activities involving basic and applied research in Alabama. The ARA Program focuses on encouraging these activities by supporting and advancing entrepreneurship in Alabama to enable the launch of new businesses that provide innovative technologies and services developed through basic and applied research and lead to the creation of new jobs in the state.

The Trust Fund was originally authorized by Act #81-1185 of the 1981 Third Special Session of the Legislature. In 2007, a four-member Board of Directors was created by Executive Order #37. It was composed of the Governor, who serves as Chairman, the State Finance Director, the Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and the Division Chief of the Energy Division of ADECA, who serves as Secretary and a non-voting member of the Board. In 2017, Amendment #1 to Executive Order #606 added the State Treasurer to the Board of Directors.


Grant Application Information

The Energy Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is seeking applications to conduct activities with the potential to create new jobs in Alabama through the support and advancement of innovation and entrepreneurship in the state of Alabama.

ARA 2022 – Application and Guide – deadline: May 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST

ARA 2022 – Rating Guide


Program Implementation

ARA Invoice Form

State of Alabama Disclosure Statement

Certificate of Compliance with the Beason-Hammon Act

Signatory Authority Form