UNLV joined the ranks of just 130 institutions nationwide classified by Carnegie as “very high research activity” – or R1 – the gold standard for university research metrics in 2018.

NSF-reported research expenditures are on the rise at UNLV, from $42 million in fiscal year 2015 to $66 million in 2017. In 2018, the University had $83.8 million in research expenditures. Research faculty supported by grants was 161 in July 2019.

The University supports its research and other activities through funding from federal agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Growth in external funding will be instrumental to UNLV to achieve their Top Tier Initiative and reach their goal of being recognized as a top tier public university in research, education, and community impact by 2025.


The University subscribes to Pivot, an easy-to-use keyword-searchable database for finding current funding opportunities specifically tailored to research needs for faculty, staff, and students; potential collaborators; and conference calls for papers. Pivot provides information about funding sources for researchers in virtually all fields.

Be sure to use Pivot on the UNLV campus or login with your UNLV credentials to access via My Institution Login off-campus.

OSP Weekly/Funding Friday

Funding opportunities, limited submissions, workshops, and the Office of Sponsored Programs announcements are sent weekly to UNLV faculty and other interested parties via the OSP Weekly/Funding Friday.

Customized Funding Opportunity Searches

Request a customized funding opportunity search by emailing Althea Sheets, althea.sheets@unlv.edu.

Once a potential funding source has been identified, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) must review, guide necessary revisions, and approve all sponsored program proposals prior to their submission to any external funding organization. OSP is the only university unit authorized to provide official approval for sponsored program proposals.


Althea Sheets

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Development Manager

The Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Development Manager in the Office of Sponsored Programs identifies external funding sources (including early career and minority serving institution opportunities), manages limited submissions and internal faculty awards (i.e. Harry Reid Silver State Research Award, Barrick Scholar Awards, Faculty Opportunity Awards and NSHE Regents' Creative Activities, Researcher, and Rising Researcher Awards) to support the mission of the Division of Research. With the goal to provide all of the necessary resources and support for enabling faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional residents, undergraduate students, and research staff to be successful in obtaining research funding and conducting their research.