Knowledge Fund

The Knowledge Fund is a $10 million budget allocation intended to spur research, innovation and commercialization in Nevada. It was created in 2011 as part of Assembly Bill 499, and received funding during the 2013 legislative session. To obtain this funding, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) submits applications to GOED for projects that could benefit from Knowledge Fund support. GOED, together with the Knowledge Fund Advisory Council, selects the projects that are best suited for funding. In its first year, the Knowledge Fund has supported  and established six new projects within NSHE. 

Knowledge Fund Advisory Council

  • Dr. Nancy E. Brune, Executive Director, Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
  • Anthony Ciorciari, former Executive Vice President, IGT
  • Steve Henry, Director for Global Security, NSTec
  • Jason Mendenahll, Executive Vice President, Switch
  • Billy P. Smith, consulting Principle Health Physicist, M.H. Crew & Associates
  • Roger Wittenberg, Founder, Boulder Bay

Knowledge Fund Projects

  • Center for Gaming Innovation at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Institute of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Applied Innovation Center for Advanced Analytics at the Desert Research Institute

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