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.

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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.

Researcher standing with a test subject with their head held in position on a test stand working on an experiment relating to the neuroscience of vision

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 commercialization of technology is a multi-stage process with the goal of finding suitable application in the marketplace. The process starts with the researcher's discovery. From there, Enterprise & Innovation will work with the researcher to help protect the invention. This includes working closely with both the inventor and appropriate patent offices. The following shows a quick overview of the commercialization process.

More info on how to protect and commercialize your innovation

What is tech transfer?

Tech transfer at the University is aimed at transferring researcher’s discoveries to entities that will further develop the technology into products or services. Below is a link to third party multimedia content. If you experience any issues accessing this content, please contact Enterprise & Innovation.

Watch a short video overview of technology transfer from AUTM (1:37 minutes)

Funding and grant support


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 of the Year Awards – $5,000 for distinguished records in research
    • Regents' Researcher of the Year – Distinguished-Career
    • Regents' Researcher of the Year – Mid-Career
  • Regents’ Creative Activities Award – $5,000 for a distinguished record in creative activities
  • Regents’ Rising Researcher of the Year 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).


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