Promote Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity

Build a technology foundation that facilitates experimentation and innovation in the laboratory, the studio, and the field and supports UNLV’s effort to increase high quality scholarly activity, research, and creative activity that benefits the local community, state, and nation.

UNLV IT Master Plan Promotes Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

#1 Governance of IT

  • Includes a research representative on the Technology Advisory Committee
  • Includes two committee members representing research on the Technology Review Board
  • Creates a Research Technology Group to prioritize and coordinate technology needs

#2 Strategic Technology Planning

  • Ensures the IT Master Plan aligns with the evolving Top Tier research initiatives and the new Research Master Plan
  • Fosters long-term planning to build an IT environment that makes UNLV appealing to new investigators and helps generate new grant opportunities
  • Balances long-term planning with the creation of an agile IT environment capable of responding quickly to the needs of newly funded research

#3 IT Leadership and Coordination

  • Provides a CIO position that advocates for campus research activities and supports the efforts of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Charges the CIO with developing relationships with local, state, regional, and federal agencies to understand changes in technology that impact research

#4 IT Projects

  • Fosters collaboration across the IT community to better support research initiatives
  • Broadens UNLV’s involvement with Internet2 and other technology consortia
  • Ensures IT procurement and project prioritization processes accommodate research needs
  • Includes research representatives in the IT project prioritization processes

#5 IT Service Coordination

  • Leverages IT purchasing power for research tools
  • Establishes technology standards and designs IT architecture for quicker deployment of research technology
  • Catalogs all campus IT services to identify technology resources available to investigators
  • Incorporates research technology services in the IT Service Catalog
  • Coordinates IT services to meet specialized research needs
  • Establishes service level agreements for research technologies

#6 Sustaining Technology Investments

  • Develops a funding model to maintain and renew grant-funded equipment
  • Updates IT infrastructure, enabling investigators to rapidly implement new technologies

#7 IT Awareness and Training

  • Expands just-in-time online and in-person technical training for research technologies
  • Promotes peer-led professional development activities focusing on research technology
  • Incentivizes technological experimentation and innovation in the laboratory and in the field
  • Provides targeted information about IT issues relevant to investigators

#8 Information Security

  • Includes a research representative on the Cyber Security Team
  • Assists investigators in identifying and mitigating risk associated with collecting, storing, and sharing research data
  • Implements backup services to ensure the protection of research documents and data
  • Helps investigators comply with IT security requirements (e.g., HIPAA, DoD, Export Control)

#9 iNtegrate 2

  • Reduces labor-intensive administrative processes (e.g., hiring, travel, procurement) allowing investigators to focus on their research
  • Implements a grants and contracts module for more effective management of grant funds
  • Supports interfaces between human resource and finance administrative systems and research administration tools
  • Improves investigators’ access to research budget information
  • Expedites cross-institutional collaboration via federated credentials for authorization and access to shared research resources through the InCommon Federation
  • Simplifies access to research resources and library collections at other institutions

#10 Identity Management and Single Sign-On

  • Expedites the provisioning of credentials for access to university applications and data
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary research collaboration through role-based security

#11 Mobility

  • Increases mobile access to research-related information and services
  • Supports investigators using mobile devices in the field
  • Supports researchers developing and/or acquiring mobile applications
  • Expands wireless capacity in research facilities

#12 Enterprise-wide Document Management

  • Increases ability to search for electronically-routed research data and documents
  • Provides automated records retention compliance for research documents
  • Assists with e-forms creation, electronic data capture, and automated workflows to increase research administration efficiency

#13 Leveraging Institutional Data

  • Creates dashboards showing progress towards achieving Top Tier research and Academic Health Center goals
  • Adds research data to the campus data warehouse to allow cross-functional reporting
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of research data management plans

#14 Communication and Collaboration Tools

  • Expands access to data analytics and reporting tools
  • Improves access to institutional profile data used to support grant proposal development
  • Increases visibility into research activities across key audiences
  • Improves communication with appropriate constiuents through targeted messaging Increases teamwork, productivity, and administrative efficiency among research teams by maximizing the utilization of existing and new communication and collaboration tools
  • Implements web-conferencing and Unified Communications to facilitate team collaboration