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The Mission of the UNLV Sports Research and Innovation Initiative is to Optimize Health and Maximize Performance through Research, Education, Innovation, and Economic Development.
Our vision is to be a leading sport research and innovation hub.
Being a premier sports research hub means being the finest in terms of leveraging institutional and regional sports expertise to drive excellence in all sports-related research and innovation.
The UNLV Sports Research and Innovation Initiative is proud to collaborate with Switch and UNLV Athletics to support the upcoming Switch Sports Science Studio.
Catalyst Grant Program
Supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Two types of awards:
-Proof of Concept (POC)
-Product and Services Development (PSD)

To date, the Catalyst Grant program has awarded $396k+
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To develop and enhance sports related research and innovation within the growing sports industry, a driver of economic development and diversification throughout the state of Nevada.

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.”

Jay Vickers

Jay Vickers 

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

“As our community is quickly becoming the sports and entertainment capital of the world, it is imperative that UNLV be a leader in developing new economic and job opportunities across Nevada. Our faculty already has a long history of conducting extensive sports-related research and innovation and we will continue to grow and share that expertise worldwide.”

Dr. Keith Whitfield 

UNLV President 

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.

GOED Collaboration

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
at diversifynevada.com.

Catalyst Grant

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.

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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

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Jay Vickers, Director of Business Development


UNLV Professor Nancy Lough, Ed.D

UNLV Professor John Mercer, Ph.D.

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Researcher Spotlights

Check out Sport & Health Pillar Leader Dr. Jennifer Pharr's contributions to this newly published study
The study entitled "Exercise as a Mitigator of Poor Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults" can be found below.
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Here is a new study with contributions from our own Brain Health Pillar Leader Dr. Jefferson Kinney
The study which looked into "the effects of strawberry antioxidant supplementation in adults with the metabolic syndrome" can be found below
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Check in here for future events and happenings from SRII.

Past Events

Wednesday, March 5th, 10 am – 12 pm PT

UNLV Sports Research and Innovation Initiative #SportResearchSummit

Click here for the full recording from the Summit

Community Happenings


What’s New at SRII

Check out the most recent press release detailing our collaboration with Switch and UNLV athletics! https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/unlv-switch-launch-multi-year-partnership-sports-technology-innovation

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