Janet E. Nelson
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Janet E. Nelson is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho. In her administrative role, she oversees, coordinates and facilitates all UI research activities.
Nelson works closely with faculty to catalyze, encourage and support research and scholarly activities. She also has management responsibility for the U of I Office of Research and Economic Development, which includes the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Assurances, Office of Research and Faculty Development, the university institutes and the Office of Technology Transfer.
She serves as the principal point of contact for the university in all research related matters and represents the regional, national and international research interests of the institution to major research funding agencies and foundations, to regional and national research consortia, to national laboratories, to federal and state agencies and to the private sector.
Nelson has a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and more than 30 years of experience in scientific research, scientific review and research portfolio administration, complex and multi-disciplinary program/project management, business development science policy implementation and academic administration. Nelson was named a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her contributions to the field of chemistry.