Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

The University of Nevada, Reno is a leading research university committed to the pursuit of knowledge that addresses the important issues of our time, promotes innovation and drives economic development in Nevada.

Addressing grand challenges

Over the past decade, the research enterprise at the University of Nevada, Reno has grown substantially thanks to our commitment to building an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research environment. Research & Innovation is focused on providing faculty, staff and student support that enables the University’s vision of producing impactful discoveries and fostering innovation and commercialization. Learn more about our support for research and innovation through the faculty-focused research hub. The innovation hub is a starting point for the public to utilize the University’s many business-friendly resources.

– Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research & Innovation

The faculty research hub has tools for conducting research, scholarly and creative activity.

To work with the University and utilize research infrastructure and expertise, visit the innovation hub.


Transformational global impact

As an R1 institution, the University of Nevada, Reno is making a difference in Reno-Tahoe, across Nevada and beyond. Our faculty's research is helping reshape what we know about everything from Shakespeare to dryland agriculture and water resources.

Holy Fire captured on Alert Wildfire camera

Seismo Lab's AlertWildfire mountaintop camera network slated for Sonoma County

Digital image of a heart

$11 million grant advances research at the forefront of cardiovascular disease

A lake at the base of snowy mountains in the Sierra Nevada range

USDA grants $4.97 million for research evaluating snowpack and water allocation

Lidar mapped image of East Carson River historic flood area

Revealing our dynamic landscape through new high-resolution topographic data

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The University of Nevada, Reno is leveraging research and entrepreneurial activities to prepare skilled workers, develop the next generation of technology leaders and expand economic growth statewide.

R1 Carnegie® institution

Classified among America’s top 130 research universities

Investment in facilities

More than $800 million invested in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities since 2009

R&D expenditures

$145 million for 2018 and up 67 percent since 2013

An asset to Nevada

The University has a statewide economic impact of more than $1.1 billion annually


World-class research facilities & infrastructure

The University is home to dozens of state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities and more than 60 research centers that anchor our pioneering work in areas ranging from engineering research to sustainability in Lake Tahoe and the Great Basin region. Learn more about how our industry-leading infrastructure supports our research.


Student-driven discovery & innovation

Students are critical to our research enterprise. Through collaboration and opportunities, students are exploring and engaging, and helping to foster innovation and drive meaningful discoveries. Find out how we're creating a research-focused, experiential learning environment at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Reimagining the Innovation Ecosystem

In today’s globally connected, knowledge-based economy, a key driver of prosperity is the pace of innovation. We are capitalizing on this insight by building out an Innovation Ecosystem. We're facilitating commercialization, regional collaboration and faculty competitiveness in a unique way. It’s connecting the University with industry and entrepreneurs, tangibly contributing to economic development and the creation of jobs, and supporting the creation of student and faculty startup businesses.

$42 million raised by Innevation Center startups
People working at tables in the Innevation Center
70+ companies engaged in the Innovation Ecosystem
Close-up of orange-gloved hands lifting a tray out of a chiller piece of lab equipment
100+ jobs created through the Innovation Ecosystem
Two people working in the Black Rock Press with one holding out a paper sign that says "NEVADA"
6 faculty/student spin-out companies
A person working at an experimental set-up in a hood with protective gloves and a second person observing in the background

A legacy of discovery

Mackay science building

Washoe the Chimp
In a revolutionary experiment raising chimpanzees, Washoe was the first chimp to learn American Sign Language.

Steven Hayes

Psychotherapy development
Relational Frame Theory, an extension to the popular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is helping people worldwide deal with life-limiting conditions.

Thomas Kozel facing a research subject in a med school lab

Essential for the World Health Organization
Rapid diagnostics are saving lives from infectious diseases in third-world countries.

Contact Research & Innovation

Phone: (775) 327-2363
Location: Ross Hall, room 201
Address: 1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89557-0403

Visit the Research & Innovation contact page