The Applied Research Facility is a hub of research, innovation and outreach endeavors on campus. The building is home to many offices and entities, including Environmental Health & Safety—ensuring a safe and healthy research climate and improving the sustainability of our campus, and the Nevada Center for Applied Research—enhancing the global competitiveness of Nevada industry by leveraging the University’s physical and intellectual assets.
ARF also houses multiple startup companies and offers unique spaces for entrepreneurs to work on campus. For example, the Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab is a wet lab startup-incubator space with over 1,000 sq. ft. and all of the equipment needed for biotech startups in an environment designed to nurture the growth of new companies. There is also additional lab and office space throughout ARF that is used for startup endeavors and partnerships with the University that benefit from access to services and cutting-edge infrastructure through the University’s shared research facilities.
The following offices, companies and entities currently reside in ARF:
- Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab
- Computer Science and Engineering labs
- Electrical & Biomedical Engineering labs
- Environmental Health & Safety
- Great Basin Institute
- Microbiology and Immunology labs
- Nevada Center for Applied Research
- Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center
- Nutrition labs
- Psychology offices
- Robotics lab
- School of Community Health Sciences labs
- Strategic Progress
The Applied Research Facility was dedicated as the United States Bureau of Mines Rare and Precious Metals Experiment Station on Sept. 25, 1954. The facility was acquired by the University in 1996-97 following a decision by Congress to eliminate the U.S. Bureau of Mines as the nation's lead agency for mineral resources.