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AVP-Research and Federal Relations

Welcome

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

News

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.
 
We want to extend an invitation to you and others at your institution who would like to attend these webcasts and learn more about NSF and its programs. If you are interested in participating, please visit our notification website at http://events.signup4.com/MSINotificationSite to sign up for the mailing list for the upcoming November webcasts. We will email you as soon as registration for the event opens. 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 accepting applications for year 2015

Click here to open application page


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 IT Help Desk.

New Awards in June of 2014

Project Name Sponsor Award Amount
Designing Green – Engineering Camp Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board $12,500.00
Title IV-E Year 21 Texas Department of Family & Protective Services $689,881.41
Freeman Archaeological Consulting KB Home $18,610.00
GCGE/NCRGE Operational Support Sid W. Richardson Foundation $5,000.00
Migration Bird Documentation and Assessment During Recovery Operations Bastrop County $10,000.00
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Master Plan & Feasibility Study Hobiltzelle Foundation $200,000.00
NUE: Nano TRA-TX Regional Alliance to Foster Nanotechology Environment National Science Foundation $15,971.00
Synthesis of High Impact Polymer US Department of the Army $19,500.00
Archeological Specimens and Associated Documents for Site 41CP20, 41CP21 and 41CP22 Texas Department of Transportation $9,323.31
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species - Vertebrates Texas Department of Transportation $30,520.00
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species – Mussels Texas Department of Transportation $30,520.00
Survey & Management Protected Freshwater Mussels & Aquatic Species – Fish Texas Department of Transportation $28,960.00

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.