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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)
                                March 2015 Awards updated(click here to open awards)
Spotlight on Research (click here)


Beginning April, 24, 2015, proposals submitted in response to Program Solicitations in FastLane will undergo a series of  automated proposal compliance validation checks to ensure they comply with requirements outlined in the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (Chapter II.C.2. of the Grants Proposal Guide (GPG)). These checks will automatically validate a proposal for compliance against proposal sections per type of funding mechanism. For example, an error message will appear if a project description or budget are not provided in proposals submitted in response to a Program Solicitation.

Checks will be triggered when proposers select the “Check Proposal,” “Forward to SPO,” or “Submit Proposal” functions. Depending on the rule being checked, a warning or error message will display when a proposal is found to be non-compliant. If an error message appears, the proposal cannot be submitted until it is compliant.

Please note that these automated compliance checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via Grants.gov.

To view a detailed list of all compliance checks, click here


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.
Title Sponsor Amount Date
To Expand a Promising Practice and Evaluate the Outcomes of the People's Community Clinic's Early Childhood Mental Health Programs People's Community Clinic $58,625.00 3/2/2015
Cool Science: Learning the Science of Climate Change with Commuting University of Massachusetts Lowell $25,077.00 3/2/2015
Governor's Summer Merit Program Texas Workforce Commission $66,907.00 3/2/2015
Promoting Geo-Literacy in High School Studies Technology National Geographic Society Education Foundation $38,506.00 3/2/2015
Latin American: A Region of Human and Physical Contrast National Geographic Society Education Foundation $27,128.00 3/2/2015
Synar Coverage Study Texas Comproller of Public Accounts $100,000.00 3/2/2015
Season Sidewalk Survy - COSM MA 11-7-01 Alloc 14 City of San Marcos $3,401.00 3/2/2015
Thermal Transport in Diamond Films for Electronics Thermal Management Georgia Institute of Technology $25,000.00 3/4/2015
Validation Study of the Utility of Using Total Body Score and Accumulated Degree Days to Determine the Post-Mortem Interval Sam Houston State $127,097.00 3/10/2015
Youth Environmental Education in the Upper San Marcos River Watershed San Marcos Lions Club $1,500.00 3/10/2015
International Scholar - Dr. Amtyaz Safi - Higher Education Commissoin, Paristan Higher Education Commission - Pakistan $3,500.00 3/10/2015
Self-Assembly of Three-Dimensional Metallo-Supermolecules Using Adamantane-Based Terpyridine Ligaands American Chemical Society $55,000.00 3/10/2015
Final Curation for all of the Specimens and Associated Documents from Milam County (41MM382) - NTP3 Texas Department of Transportation $1,520.29 3/24/2015
Validating Modeled Effects of Turbulence, Boater Behavior and Colonization of Zebra Mussel Dynamics in New Envirnoments Department of the Army $25,993.35 3/25/2015
Compatibility Testing of OLED Materials Orthogonal Resist Materials Orthogonal, Inc $12,506.00 3/26/2015
2014-2015 Grosvenor Center Support National Geographic Society Education Foundation $15,381.00 3/26/2015
March 2015 Monthly Total: $587,141.64

Spotlight Story of the month

Research Spotlight on GreenSoft: A Cloud Based Framework for Green Software Design and Education

Green Computing

The ubiquitous use of computers and mobile devices has substantially increased the energy consumption of IT systems. Meanwhile, the energy footprint of data centers keeps increasing and the battery life of mobile devices is now a top concern. To address these energy challenges, green computing has become a focus and made significant strides over the past decade at the hardware and systems level. For example, renewable energy such as solar and wind is now used to power some of today’s supercomputers, and the average power usage of data centers has substantially decreased. While the energy efficiency of IT hardware is continually improving, the energy efficiency of software has not kept pace. Dr. Ziliang Zong is working to change this. Read More