Established the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to elevate the status of undergraduate research at UNLV.
Developed VPRED Space Committee and policies to determine space assignments in SEB, HRC, and VPRED-controlled space. Recommendations are based primarily on grant funding, research expenditures, and successful mentoring of graduate students to ensure that the space is being used to maximize research productivity.
Developed new review policies and procedures, including less burdensome yearly review process and intensive five year site visit and review for Centers, Museums, Institutes and Libraries
Implemented Pivot, an easy-to-use, keyword-searchable database for finding current funding opportunities specifically tailored to research needs for faculty, staff, and students.
Established the “Get that Grant” Program which facilitates holistic grants training.
Improved Basic Services to Researchers
Hired four research administrators for the Office of Sponsored Programs and completed a restructuring of the office.
Hired two Human Subjects administrators.
Implemented new procedures for IRB review (PI eligibility, desk reject, participant payments).
Eliminated back log of IRB protocols and improved turn-around-time.
For example: Jan 2020 Expedited TAT = 92.67 calendar days; April 2021 Expedited TAT= 8.6 calendar days.
Hired an external consultant to initiate Investigational Drug Service needed for clinical trials.
Streamlined Office of the Vice President for Research
Eliminated proposed Office of Research Excellence.
Moved NIPM to College of Sciences.
Transitioned Economic Development to the Office of the President.
Eliminated the yearly printed research magazine (Innovation) and replaced with a monthly internal newsletter.
Faculty Opportunity Awards: Secured $600,000 over two years from the Research Foundation and UNLV Foundation.