Climbs in Donations and Agreements as Well as Improved IRB Turnaround Times Among the Highlights of FY18 Midyear Research Data
UNLV’s research activities have increased in several areas, according to the Division of Research and Economic Development's FY18 midyear reports.
Sponsored Programs indicated that, compared to the same period last fiscal year, the cumulative dollar amount for proposals submitted has increased 76.4 percent to roughly $174 million, a difference of approximately $75 million. While the cumulative dollar amount for awards has decreased 8.4 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year, the dollar amount for awards received in the second quarter of FY18 is roughly $12 million--59.7 percent higher than the dollar amount for awards received in the second quarter of FY17, which was just under $7.5 million.
Research Integrity reported a significant increase--54 percent--in the cumulative number of biomedical institutional review board (IRB) protocols submitted thus far in FY18 as well as an 11 percent increase in the cumulative number of biomedical IRBs approved. Also of note is that IRB turnaround time has improved significantly to an average of 32 days, one day less than the national average, thanks to the addition of new staff to the office.
Economic Development reported a 63 percent increase in the number of inter-institutional agreements, memoranda of understanding, teaming agreements, and donations it received in Q2FY18 compared to the same quarter last fiscal year, resulting in a cumulative increase of 53 percent over the same time last year. Compared to the figures for midyear of FY17, the cumulative number of nondisclosure agreements have increased 64 percent, cumulative revenue has increased 75 percent, and cumulative donations have more than quintupled. Cumulative new business starts have also increased from 133 to 156, and cumulative jobs created/retained have increased from 19 to 115.