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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)
                                January 2015 Awards updated(click here to open awards)
Spotlight on Research (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
InterLibrary Loan Reimbursement Funds Texas State Library and Archives Comm $16,484.84 1/7/2015
Tracing the Remains of Imperial Resistance: An Archaeological Study of the Site of Huaca del Loro, Peru Brennan Foundation $5,000.00 1/7/2015
Jacobs Technolgoy - Task Order S24611 (MJ Wilkinson) Jacobs Technology $175,174.80 1/8/2015
Jacobs Technolgoy - Task Order S24613 (E Sosa) Jacobs Technology $130,293.00 1/8/2015
Jacobs Technolgoy - Task Order S24613 (E Sosa) Jacobs Technology $185,962.80 1/8/2015
Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Courty National Endowment for the Humanities $50,400.00 1/8/2015
Suspended Sediment Impacts of Texas Wild Rice and Aquatic Plant Growth Edwards Aquifer Authority $75,000.00 1/12/2015
Nursing and Allied Health Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board $129,480.00 1/15/2015
X-Ray Diffraction System for Advanced Materials Analysis in Research and Education Army Research Office $397,330.00 1/21/2015
Inkjet-printed RF Electronics and sensors Northrop Grumman Corp $20,000.00 1/21/2015
Ecolad - Linking drought-related tree mortality to plant-available water Braun & Gresham Attorneys and Law $13,129.98 1/21/2015
I-Corps: GreenSoft: A Cloud Based Framework for Green Software Design and Education Nation Sciece Foundation $50,000.00 1/28/2015
Final Curation for all of the Specimens and Associated Documents from Lampasas County (41LM49, 41LM50 & 41LM51) Texas Department of Transportation $3,290.58 1/28/2015
Plaza Park Archaeological Survey - Fund Alloc 13 of COSM Master Ag 11-7-01 City of San Marcos $6,420.00 1/29/2015
Veterans Park Archaeological Survey - Fund Alloc 12 of COSM Master Ag 11-7-01 City of San Marcos $5,986.00 1/29/2015
January 2015 Monthly Total: $1,263,952.00

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