Applied Research Initiative (ARI) program is where matching funds are provided by the state to advance research projects with industrial affiliates at the Nevada System of Higher Education research institutions. Applied Research Initiatives provide support for new research programs by matching sponsor funds.
- All funds must be used to generate research and to promote the economic development and economic diversity of the state.
- Funds shall be used to stimulate research by allowing faculty either (a) to leverage industrial investment in research or (b) to match federal/state funds where a match is mandatory. At least a 1:1 match is required, and a higher match is desired.
- The use of ARI funds as matching for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR) is highly encouraged. These programs stimulate technological innovation and encourage participation by the socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.
- ARI funds are restricted to research projects. They may not be used to support service or training projects.
- Cooperative efforts involving the use of ARI funds among the Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno are encouraged .
- Each Chief Research Officer is expected to establish a campus process that will encourage research activities, evaluate matching proposals, and ensure the administration of these funds. The campuses may establish additional guidelines for these funds in order to meet particular goals and objectives as long as the intents of all other principles are met.
- A uniform system reporting method will be developed that each awarded grant will be expected to follow.
Lori Brazfield, NSHE Assistant Director for Operations