Engineering Research Office

The Engineering Research Office (ERO) of the College of Engineering provides proposal development and project management support for research faculty. Our streamlined process allows faculty to have a single point of contact within the college for all sponsored research initiatives.

The ERO offers support and services to faculty to locate funding opportunities, facilitate proposal development (single and multi-PI proposals), utilize editing and graphic services, develop a budget, access project management support (for large or complex projects), connect to business and industry initiatives and link to other faculty resources. Our goal is to reduce the administrative burden on the Principal Investigator so faculty may focus on the science of each research project.

The ERO team coordinates directly with the UNR Sponsored Projects office to streamline and expedite services regarding pre-award services, post-award services, and grants and contracts processing. Have questions or need addition information? Please direct all inquires to for assistance.

Access more information below about the support and services available to you.

  • ERO Team and Contacts

    The ERO team within the College of Engineering is comprised of administrative professionals with significant experience in grant administration and management.

    ERO Team

  • Planning to submit a proposal? Start here.

    Intent to submit: Notify the ERO of your intent as soon as you begin developing a research proposal so that resources can be scheduled accordingly to provide maximum support.

    Proposal Development Timeline: Generate a recommended timeline of the various steps in the development and submission process to assist with time management.

    Get Started

  • Featured Funding Opportunities

    Review this listing for the most current featured research funding opportunities identified for the College of Engineering.

    ERO Featured Funding

  • Proposal Support

    Get detailed information on value-added pre-award support available to all Engineering faculty including, but not limited to: proposal development, writing and editing services, graphics support and external review services.

    Learn about ERO's Proposal Support

  • Project Management

    Access this page to see if your awarded research project is eligible for project management services, and discover how the ERO can assist you with administrative tasks regarding your research project (after award) including expenditure monitoring, invoice review, progress and financial reports, subcontractor coordination, project close-out activities and more.

    Find more information about ERO's project management

Recent Grants

December 9, 2020

  • Sponsoring/Funding Agency: NSF
  • Award Amount: $274,544
  • Project Title: "Low-temperature Laser Sintering and Melting of Semiconductors Through Selective Excitation of Soft Phonons"
  • Principal Investigator: Yan Wang (mechanical engineering)
  • Brief summary: This project aims to melt and sinter semiconductors at a reduced temperature by exploiting ultrafast laser-material interactions at the electronic and atomic levels..

November 17, 2020

  • Sponsoring/Funding Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Award Amount: $499,912
  • Project: Storage (Dry Cask, Transportation)
  • Principal Investigator: Miles Greiner (mechanical engineering)
  • Brief summary: The research will develop a proof-of-concept system to measure conditions inside thick-walled used nuclear fuel canisters, and safely transmit the data to a receiver outside.  This work will help assure the safety of used nuclear fuel storage and transportation..

September 29, 2020

  • Sponsoring/Funding Agency: NSHE EPSCoR for a NASA project
  • Award Amount: $395,891
  • Project Title: "Self-adaptive Lubricants for Extreme Space Mechanism Applications"
  • Principal Investigator: Pradeep Menezes (mechanical engineering)
  • Brief summary: The proposed research will support NASA missions by developing a self-adaptive solid lubricant coating that can provide adequate lubrication in both cryogenic and extreme environments.