Theme 2-Discovery: Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship, and artistry in strategically selected fields that affect Nevada, the nation, and the world.
Goal 1: Enhance the quality, value, and range of the University’s research and artistry. Attain classification as a “Carnegie Research University/Very High."
- Enhance grant-writing and technical writing support and management for faculty and students through additional training and resources.
- Align teaching loads with discipline-specific standards at peer and aspirant research universities.
- Encourage commercialization of intellectual property and facilitate partnerships with the private sector.
- Add faculty members who are funded primarily from research contracts and grants.
- Increase the number of graduate teaching and research assistant lines in PhD-granting programs.
- Increase the number of endowed professorships and chairs.
|Goal 1 Metrics||2014||2021|
|Research expenditures||$98 Million||$150 Million|
|Patents Issues/$10 Million in research expenditures||16||32|
|New start-up companies||3||10|
|Graduate research assistantships||371||450|
|Research (non-tenure track) faculty supported grants||61||75|
|Endowed professorships and chairs||33||55|
Goal 2: Invest in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research areas that build upon existing strength and that are responsive to emerging needs and opportunities, with emphasis on the following:
- Advanced autonomous systems
- Communication and creative expression
- Computational sciences/digital visual arts, science, and technology
- Cyber security
- Environmental Studies: Environmental Science/Society and Environment
- Global Studies
- Great Basin Studies
- Health Sciences/Biosciences/Wellness/Nutrition
- Integrated Earth Systems: Earth sciences and engineering; mineral resources; reclamation, historical preservation, policy
- P-20 Education
- Renewable energy
- Social Justice
|Goal 2 Metrics||2014||2021|
|Total new faculty hires in priority areas||39||250|
|National/international awards and honorifics received by faculty||155||185|
Goal 3: Strength infrastructure required to support-world-class discovery, scholarship, and creativity.
- Build, renovate, and sustain research and performance facilities in order to increase research/artistic productivity and efficiency.
- Provide access to High-Performance Computing resources necessary to support computational research.
- Expand use of shared technical equipment.
- Create a research and commercialization foundation.
- Add administrative and technical support positions needed to accommodate growth and translate discovery into innovation and knowledge.
- Reinstate the faculty PC replacement program.
|Goal 3 Metrics||2014||2021|
|Begin construction on Engineering Building||Planning|
|Add an additional Fine Arts Building||Planning|
|Renovate Palmer, Scrugham/Chemistry/Leifson labs||Planning|
|Addition of administrative and technical support positions||596||763|
|Square footage of research and artistry space||434,000||532,000|
|Equipment grants||$1.7 Million||$3.5 Million|
|Establish a research foundation||No||Yes|
Goal 4: Revise rules, policies, and procedures to more effectively promote research, artistry, and entrepreneurial activities.
- Streamline procedures and processes in order to increase efficiency and reduce roadblocks to proposal development.
- Minimize the need for paper in all university business.
- Review existing procedures, improve what can be improved under current rules, request needed changes to existing rules and laws as appropriate.
- Encourage and reward collaborative work, while reducing disincentives, in all of its manifestations across all dimensions of the institution.
|Goal 4 Metrics||2014||2021|
|Grant proposals submitted||888||1,060|
|Success rate of proposal submissions||28%||40%|