Division announcements

All division announcements, new external funding opportunities and division event invites are sent out through our ResearchNotes group email list.

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Proposal support and resources

Submit a request form for capture management, external review, writing and editing services.

Proposal development services request

Funding opportunities and resources


Research ethics, responsible conduct and safety

Whether you’re working with animal or human subjects, in an art studio or a lab, the University expects everyone to do their part to conduct ethical, safe and responsible research. Advisors and mentors need to assure that they are meeting regulations within their space and that students and trainees receive guidance in areas such as: research integrity, data acquisition and management, authorship, research collaborations, conflicts of interest, and others as appropriate.

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Research compliance and training

Working with animals

Visit Animal Resources for assistance with any research or teaching use of vertebrate animals.

Working with human subjects

Health and safety for your space

Visit Environmental Health & Safety for assistance with any of the topics listed below or any other health and safety related issues.

  • Establish a lab, studio or creative space
  • Your responsibilities in terms of safety
  • Required training for your research group
  • Waste disposal practices (chemical, biological, radioactive, electronic)
  • Injuries or exposure to hazardous materials
  • Working with biological agents
  • Wearing respirators
  • Certifying or repairing a biosafety cabinet
  • Building environmental permits

Commercializing research

The Enterprise & Innovation team is available to assist researchers with protecting intellectual property (IP) – including filing for patents – and finding commercial partners to help bring your novel research into the world. The process may sound complex and daunting, but we are here to assist you every step of the way.

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Patents, commercialization & licensing services

We have a broad range of services and support for every part of the commercialization process, with resources for University employees and students, and external businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Obtain assistance with filing for patents and protecting your innovations
  • Learn about our step by step process to research commercialization
  • See how intellectual property ownership is handled through the University
  • Find or list technologies that are available for license
  • Report your innovation by filing a disclosure

Commercialization services and support

Non-disclosure & material transfer agreements

We have a streamlined process for initiating agreement contracts using your NetID for University internal users and a simple login process for external users.

Non-disclosure agreements protect the confidentiality of proprietary information that is being exchanged. Material transfer agreements establish the rights and obligations for the exchange of tangible and intangible research material.

Research agreement information (NDAs & MTAs)

Funding and grant support for innovations

Overview of funding and grant services for technology commercialization

  • Request letters of support and commercialization plans for grant proposals
  • Obtain advice, training and support for SBIR and STTR grants
  • Learn about competitions, venture capital programs and other funding resources


The WolfCorps program is designed to prepare University teams to apply for the Bay Area Regional I-Corps training course. The I-Corps offers an immersive experience for the process of moving research innovations into products and services.

Sierra Accelerator for Growth & Entrepreneurship (SAGE)

SAGE helps Nevada technology entrepreneurs win competitive grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs. These programs provide funding in excess of $100,000.


Celebrating research through awards and fellowships

Research & Innovation is continually working on initiatives to recognize faculty and reward creativity, productivity and innovative research endeavors.

Foundation Innovation Award

We award two faculty or staff members annually for contributions to innovation or the commercialization of ideas that impact and benefit the public’s well-being. We consider innovation to be all forms of discovery, creation and production of inventive and progressive ideas, methods, and products that promote society’s growth. Our categories for the two awards are the Early Career Innovator Award and the Established Innovator Award. The recipients will be recognized at the Honor the Best Ceremony and receive $5000 for their work.

Outstanding Researcher Award

One University faculty member is awarded annually for a distinguished record in research or creative activities over their academic career. The faculty member must have contributed a meaningful amount of their work while a member of the University of Nevada, Reno. The evaluation is based on records and supporting material supplied by the faculty member. An award of $5,000 will be presented to the recipient at the Honor the Best Ceremony.

Regents' Awards for Research

Nominations for the annual Regents’ awards for research are reviewed through Research & Innovation. The awards are given annually to NSHE faculty members at UNR, UNLV and DRI. Any NSHE employee or student can nominate faculty members for the campus selection process.

  • Regents’ Researcher Awards – $5,000 for distinguished records in research
    • Regents' Researcher – Distinguished-Career
    • Regents' Researcher – Mid-Career
  • Regents’ Creative Activities Award – $5,000 for a distinguished record in creative activities
  • Regents’ Rising Researcher Award – $2,000 for early-career accomplishments

Research & Innovation Leadership Fellows Program

This professional development program offers faculty the opportunity to gain experience toward potential career opportunities in research administration. The Research & Innovation Leadership Fellow will develop a deeper understanding of the administration of a research enterprise; interact with University leadership and stakeholders at the local, state, national, and international level; and participate in the development of policies and procedures relevant to faculty members and the research enterprise. This is a five month appointment for an equivalent of one day per week (20% effort).


Awardee spotlights

Scott Earley sitting at a desk

Advancing the science that explains how our bodies’ functions connect
UNR School of Medicine Professor Scott Earley named University’s Outstanding Researcher.

Jamie Voyles and her team of eight graduate, undergraduate and high school students in white lab coats

Infectious disease in wildlife and the inextricable connection within ecosystem health
College of Science Biologist Jamie Voyles named NSHE Regent’s Mid-Career Researcher Award recipient.

Michael Branch standing outside with trees in the background

“On the Trail of the Jackalope” is the latest publication by famed Nevada author
College of Liberal Arts Foundation Professor Michael Branch named NSHE Regents’ Creative Activities Award recipient.