Fiscal Year 2017 Research Activity Data

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Aug. 11, 2017

UNLV celebrated one of its largest funding years on record with respect to sponsored program awards. Awards reached nearly $70 million in fiscal year 2017 (FY17), increasing 27.6 percent from FY16 and 67 percent over the last five years (i.e., since the downturn in 2012 following the elimination of congressional appropriations). Proposals increased about $46 million—nearly 20 percent—from FY16. Total sponsored program expenditures grew 7.6 percent from FY16, reaching nearly $53 million in FY17.

The various schools of health sciences, including UNLV’s new School of Medicine, received the largest amount of funding this fiscal year ($17,561,488 combined). The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering received the largest number of awards (127) in FY17, nearly doubling the funding amount of $7,609,823 that it received in FY16.

UNLV’s economic development activities continue to grow. Startups quadrupled from one in FY16 to four in FY17. Nondisclosure agreements also nearly quadrupled from FY16. Licensing revenue increased nearly 16 percent from FY16 to $292,526.25.

Another measure of university research activity is the number of doctoral degrees conferred, as doctoral programs include a strong research component that culminates in a dissertation. UNLV conferred 154 doctoral degrees in FY17.