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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)
                                October Awards updated(click here to open awards)
Spotlight on Research: Updated 10/31/2014

FY15 Research Enhancement Program Timeline

Aug 21 CREC election memo sent to department chairs and program directors
Aug 27 Program Announcement sent out
Sept 10 REP workshop
Sept 30 Deadline for CREC elections
Oct 7 Deadline for proposals
Oct 9 Email notification of timeline of events sent to all applicants
Oct 10 Hard copies of proposals sent to CREC members via campus mail
Nov 14 Deadline for CREC chairs to submit final scores
Nov 19 URC funding recommendations presented to Faculty Senate
Dec 3 Senate final action on funding recommendations
Dec 5 List of awardees posted on REP website and award letters prepared
FY15 REP Update to Applicants(Click here to download)


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
MARS Drill Design and Automation University of Texas in Austin $2,000.00 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
Texas Recycling Data Initiative Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. $9,564.00 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
Services to Determine the Overall Impact of Texas Regional Collaborative Professionals Development on Texas Teachers University of Texas in Austin $5,000.00 10/10/2014
Archaeological Survey of Lot 15838 San Pedro in San Antonio, TX Markwardt $3,000.00 10/13/2014
High Throughput Manufacturing of Monodispersed Nanoparticles for Biomedicine Chemtor $44,982.00 10/13/2014
Improved Crack Sealant Application Methods Texas Department of Transportation $102,690.00 10/13/2014
An Examination of Gene Flow Between Distinct Managemnt Units of the Reddish Egret Waterbird Society $3,860.00 10/13/2014
Advanced Exploration fro Avions Student Projects Jacobs Technolgoy - Task Order 2 Jacobs Technology $8,000.00 10/14/2014
Newspaper Preservation Project Texas Library & Archives Commission $1,275.00 10/17/2014
Luminescence Dating of the Earliest Cultural Layers at the Gault Site, Texas Summerlee Foundation $5,000.00 10/23/2014
Contaminants in Eurycea Salamanders and their Association with Changing Land Uses in the Texas Edwards Plateau U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service $3,500.00 12/23/2014
Occupancy, Distribution, and Abundance of Black Rails (Laterallus Jamaicensis) along the Texas Gulf Coast Texas Parks and Wildlife Department $118,347.00 10/23/2014
Texas Stream Team Monofilament Finders Texas State Aquarium $14,000.00 10/30/2014
Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Frequency on Metabolic Markers of Skeltal Muscle Growth Factors in Human National Athletic Trainer's Association Research and Education Foundation $56,062.50 10/31/2014
Total Amount for October 2014: $2,128,202.19

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.