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AVP-Research and Federal Relations


Dr. Bill Covington

Hello and welcome to the Research and Federal Relations website. Faculty member, student, or external collaborator — whatever brings you to our site, my staff and I are here to support your research and scholarship activity.

The mission of the Office of the Chief Research Officer (CRO) is to lead Texas State University, an Emerging Research University, in the execution of its Research Strategic Plan designed to achieve eligibility for National Research University Funding and ultimately Research University status. You can download the Strategic Plan for Research to learn more about NRUF status and our mission to become a nationally recognized research university.

In her Fall Convocation address, “The Drive for Research Excellence,” President Trauth laid out the University’s roadmap for achieving National Research University Funding (NRUF) status. It will be a long journey but we start the year off two steps closer to that goal thanks to major awards from NASA and the National Science Foundation for Texas STEM initiatives.

Billy C. Covington, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations


REP Awards for FY2015 Announced (click here to download Awardees list)
                                November and December 2014 Awards updated(click here to open awards)
Spotlight on Research: Updated 10/31/2014


C3 Project at Texas State University 2014

Click here to see the video (http://youtu.be/GNmBw50qqmo)

Major New Preaward Process

With the adoption of the Kuali Coeus software solution and PropStart application, the Office of Sponsored Programs provides increased functionality and more comprehensive preaward process for researchers. Learn more about KC and PropStart.

Website Redesign

In order to serve you better, we are in the process of redesigning the AVPR website. You’ll notice some big changes in the coming weeks but there will be no disruption of our mission-critical processes. If you have questions or need assistance, contact our eRA Help Desk for IRB, IACUC, REP and AVPR Website.

New Awards in November and December of 2014

 (Click here to open award archives - from September 2013 onwards)
Title Sponsor Amount Date
1. Texas State STEM Rising Stars National Science Foundation $ 1,500,000.00 11/10/2014
2. III-V Device Development Korea Advanced Nano Feb Center $ 10,000.00 11/10/2014
3. Endangered Species Research Projects for the Sprague's Pipit Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts $ 247,505.00 11/10/2014
4. Endangered Species Research Projects for the Black Rail Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts $ 199,462.00 11/13/2014
5. Special Olympics of TX: Development for a Pilot Training Program for Clinicians who Provide Care with Intellectual Disabilites Special Olympics Texas $ 7,600.00 11/24/2014
6. Developing High School Students Curiosity in Science and Technology in Capstone Design Days Halliburton Foundation, Inc. $ 8,600.00 11/25/2014
7. Houston Toad Management on MD Anderson site, Bastrop County, Texas Raven Environmental Services, Inc $ 62,015.20 11/25/2014
8. Characterization of Nano Metal Mesh as Transparent Conductor 2M Technology, LLC $ 8,732.00 11/25/2014
November 2014 Monthly Total: $2,043,914.20
Title Sponsor Amount Date
1. Texas High-Quality School Emergency Plans Texas Education Agency $ 1,898,590.00 12/2/2014
2. Case Deconstruction of Criminal Investigative Failures US Depart of Justice Office of Justice Program $ 389,690.00 12/2/2014
3. Research Gaps in the Pedernales River's hydrology and implement communications strategies Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation $ 120,000.00 12/4/2014
4. Post-Concussion Patient Response to Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Arise Austin Medical Center $ 2,000.00 12/9/2014
5. Effects of Magnitude and Number of Head Impacts on Vestibular Function in Male Lacrosse Players Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association $ 1,000.00 12/15/2014
6. Development of Complex Coordinated Attack Course (ALERRT) Louisiana State University $ 61,338.00 12/17/2014
7. Majors Place Apartments Archaeological Survey Sonoma Housing Advisors $ 6,500.00 12/19/2014
8. TSURF: Texas State University: Project Closing the Gaps for Student Veterans JP Morgan Chase Foundation $150,000.00 12/17/2014
December 2014 Monthly Total: $2,629,118.00

Spotlight on Research

MSEIP grant seeks to increase minority participation in STEM fields

Texas State University has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) to increase the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

During this three-year, multifaceted project, Texas State will use the funds to support activities at the university’s Ingram School of Engineering, Department of Engineering Technology and College of Education. Additionally, five minority institutions of higher education will be involved through the MSEIP special project "REENERGIZE." The participating minority institutions are two-year colleges that serve as main feeders for universities and industry sectors.

"We are very excited that this project is providing a big opportunity for us to make a difference in our current and future students’ life, to increase the supply of minority professionals and to tie STEM fields to broad and meaningful national goals, such as developing environmentally friendly energy resources and reducing pollution," said Bahram Asiabanpour, associate professor with Texas State's Ingram School of Engineering and the principal investigator for the REENERGIZE project.

The project will address three regional and national needs, including weak national STEM knowledge and the need for more and better-prepared students; a shortage of underrepresented minorities in STEM professions; and growth in the green technology industry.

"This award is another significant achievement by our Ingram School of Engineering," said Assistant Vice President of Research Michael Blanda. "It will enhance Texas State University’s ability to deliver high quality research based instruction and training in engineering to our students."

Under this program, a permanent renewable energy education and research lab will be established at each institution; professional development on green technologies and practices as well as best practices in teaching strategies and culturally effective instruction will be offered to the faculty of those institutions; awareness, training, mentorship and financial support will be provided to attract and motivate students from the minority institutions to consider education and career opportunities in STEM fields.