Two types of awards:
-Proof of Concept (POC)
-Product and Services Development (PSD)
To date, the Catalyst Grant program has awarded $396k+
What is Sports Related Research and Innovation?
Sport Research and Innovation is centered upon years of study, academic research, product testing and development, and consultation conducted by recognized faculty with industry executives and entrepreneurs. Through collaboration with organizations and industry leaders locally and globally we seek to create innovative solutions and exciting products, services, and studies directly impacting the sports world.
“UNLV has a long history of conducting sports-related research with a focus that goes beyond traditional sports medicine and human performance research. The vision of the initiative is for UNLV to be the leading sports research and innovation hub by leveraging institutional and regional sports expertise to drive excellence in all sports-related research and innovation.”
UNLV Sports Research & Innovation Initiative
Director of Business Development
“The SRII is uniquely situated to leverage the expertise of UNLV faculty and students to address challenges and solve problems emerging in the sport industry, locally, nationally and globally. By bringing together innovative academic programs, mentorship in research and career development, the SRII will serve as a new model for collaboration and partnership.”
Nancy Lough, Ed.D
Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education
“UNLV has nationally and internationally recognized faculty who conduct research and train students in many areas related to Sports Research and Innovation. The SRII will foster current and future industry-academic partnerships that will enhance research and innovation as well as learning opportunities for students.”
John Mercer, Ph.D
Acting Chair, Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
Dr. Keith Whitfield
Pillars of Excellence
The pillars of excellence have been established as initial areas of focus to effectively communicate UNLV’s impact and capabilities within sports research, education, and innovation. These pillars of excellence will be viewed as the most comprehensive sports research and innovation agenda in the world.
Sports Research and Innovation Initiative (SRII) is pleased to collaborate with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Knowledge Fund. Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, Development GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed
The UNLV Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development (VPR) has announced a call for proposals in the Sports Research & Innovation – Catalyst Grant Program. This program is supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) through its Knowledge Fund initiative. Two types of awards are available:
- Proof of Concept (POC)
- Product and Services Development (PSD)
These awards will seed promising research and development in areas of sports research and innovation where UNLV has the greatest potential to impact the local economy through research, development, and commercialization activities.
Ways To Engage
The Sports Research and Innovation Initiative operates using a collaborative approach, meaning that there is a constant link between research, students, industry partners, and the contributions of generous donors in order to run and optimize the initiative. Each tab below gives different ways for each area to be engaged and involved.
Thank You to Our Supporters
This year’s conference will take place at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas on October 20-22, 2021
The directions for the call for papers for this year’s SMA conference is provided in the included link below. Abstract submissions are due no later than 11:59PM (PST) on April 9.