The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has announced a $14 million grant from the Lincy Foundation to establish a new research institute at the university that will address human capital challenges integral to the future prosperity of the region.
The proposed Lincy Institute at UNLV will work to set a new standard for integrated problem solving by helping regional organizations address large-scale challenges in education, health care, social systems, and public policy — issues identified in a 2008 Brookings Institution report as critical to building a diverse, sustainable economy and improving the quality of life in Intermountain West states.
The institute will hire a full-time grant writer and program directors in health, education, and social systems; sponsor twelve faculty fellowships in related areas; support postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate assistantships; and provide scholarships to enhance existing educational and community programs. In addition, the grant will enable the institute to partner with a major international research and policy group to be identified next month.
"To truly prosper as a region, we need to address our key issues through a sustainable, productive, and inclusive approach," said UNLV president Neal Smatresk. "[The Lincy Institute] brings together the resources of the university in partnership with nonprofit agencies to tackle problems in a focused, cohesive manner."