Division announcements

  • The Advanced Sponsored Projects Academy begins April 12, 2024. This virtual course will teach you everything you need to know about important topics including funding opportunity announcement review, budget development, Workday costing allocations, subawards, risk accounts and cost transfers. This course runs for four weeks, only in the spring semester.
  • improveresearch@unr.edu: Share your input about how to improve the environment and infrastructure for research, creative and scholarly activities.
  • Limited submission proposals are currently open for a variety of grants.

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 and project support and resources



Funding opportunities and resources


Research ethics, responsible conduct, security 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 $5,000 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.

Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award

We award one research group led by a University faculty member annually for demonstrating leadership in laboratory safety and upholding the University’s core values of safety and environmental stewardship. The research group must be one whose research involves laboratory work and use of any combination of chemicals, biological materials, lasers, radioactive materials, or physical hazards. The recipient will be recognized at the Honor the Best Ceremony and receive $2,000.

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

Sesh Commuri in front of the RTDensity booth at the ConExpo-Con/Agg show

Rubber hits the road for RTDensity
College of Engineering Professor Sesh Commuri named University’s Established Innovator.

Two men, Dev Chidambaram on left, Brian Sandoval on right, holding framed award and looking at the camera

Preparing students to work in green, sustainable technologies of the future
College of Engineering Professor Dev Chidambaram named NSHE Regents Mid-Career Researcher Award recipient.

Head shot of Professor Jim La

Software developments that can help address the national issue of aging infrastructure
College of Engineering Associate Professor Jim La named Established Innovator Award recipient.

Dr. Violeta Mutafova-Yambolieva on the balcony of Morrill Hall overlooking the Quad

Newly awarded University Foundation Professor also recognized for lab safety
UNR School of Medicine Foundation Professor Violeta Mutafova-Yambolieva named Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award recipient.

Dean Casilde Isabelli handing an award to an esteemed faculty member

College of Liberal Arts recognizes the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and students
College of Liberal Arts Foundation Professor Monica Miller named Outstanding Researcher Award recipient.

Head shot of Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Chemistry professor receives international recognition alongside three other University researchers
College of Science Foundation Professor Ana de Bettencourt-Dias named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Lee Dyer poses for a picture on top of a mountain

Biology professor recognized internationally for scientific achievements at the University
College of Science Professor Lee Dyer named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Pattern with representation of molecules, science and technology icons with the words, “NSF Engines Development Award"

Advancing the circular economy for lithium batteries
The University of Nevada, Reno receives the U.S. National Science Foundation Engines Development Award.