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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


                        October Awards updated(click here to open awards)

NSF Webcast

As part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) continuing commitment to enhance the diversity of the science and engineering workforce and to broaden participation and achievement of underrepresented groups, NSF is pleased to announce that it will be conducting a series of webcasts in November 2014 for faculty and research administrators from minority serving institutions. The webcasts will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 and Thursday, November 13, 2014, with two sessions on each day. The first session on each day will be at 11:00 a.m. EST - 1:00 p.m. EST, and the second session on each day will be at 2:00 p.m. EST - 3:30 p.m. EST. Please note that each of the four webcast sessions will cover different topics.

Day one will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities, budget, and key information about the proposal preparation and merit review processes. Day two will cover pertinent award administration and compliance topics.

Please click here to register Texas State hosted events.

Registration will be limited, so we encourage you to register early.

C3 Project at Texas State University 2014

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

Research Enhancement Program is now closed for year 2015


Fall Schedule for IRB Help Sessions posted

Use the University Signup system to register for IRB app or Exemption: What's the Difference and Why Should I Care? and OMG, I Have to do an IRB Application! What IS an IRB application, anyway? These tightly focused 60-minute sessions cover some of the more challenging nuts-and-bolts issues encountered when planning, submitting or revising IRB Applications and Exemption Requests.

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
CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure: Enabling and Emproving Data-Driven Research at TX State University National Science Foundation $499,896.00 10/7/2014
Concrete Based on PortlandLimeston Cement with Limestone Content Greater Than 15% Capitol Aggregates $30,000.00 10/7/2014
High quality CdTe and alloy growth by molecular beam epitaxy-MBE National Renewable Energy Laboratory $434,044.00 10/7/2014
Efficient Analysis and Combination of Eye Movement Traits for Reliable Biometric Identification and Spoofing Protection National Institute of Standards and Technology $50,000.00 10/8/2014
Development of Techniques to Improve the Production of Southern Flounder (Paralichtys Lethostigma) Fingerlings for Restoration and Enhancement Texas Parks and Wildlife $80,000.00 10/8/2014
CSR: Medium: Collaborative Research: Programming Abstractions and Systems Support for GPU-Based Acceleration of Irregular Application National Science Foundation $360,000.00 10/8/2014
Jacobs Technolgoy - Task Order 1 Jacobs Technology $78,610.69 10/9/2014
Monthly Total: $1,532,550.69 Oct-14

Spotlight on Research

School of Social Work MSW program awarded $1.5 million grant

The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been awarded a $1.5 million grant in support of the I-3 Project from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The "Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals" grant is intended to develop and expand the substance abuse and mental health workforce. It will span three years.

Texas State's I-3 Project (Integrative, Intercultural Innovations in Behavioral and Primary Health with Youth at-Risk) will focus on specialized training for Master of Social Work (MSW) students who will work with children, adolescents and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder.

"A noteworthy element of this project is the generous stipends that will go to 34 students who want to make a difference in the world for people who have behavioral and substance abuse problems," said Dorinda Noble, director of the School of Social Work. "They can have a huge impact."

The I-3 Project will recruit, educate, train, place in specific field areas and graduate 34 MSW students annually who are dedicated to working with the target population. These students will receive a substantial stipend for their professional field training.

To accomplish these goals, the I-3 Project focuses on integrative, intercultural and innovative knowledge and skills through coursework, specialized training and field placements. The mission of the I-3 Project involves the entire School of Social Work, building on expertise of faculty, field placement agencies and interprofessional community partnerships.