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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.

As what promises to be another dynamic and productive academic year gets underway, we have plenty of exciting news and updates to share with the Texas State community.


Billy C. Covington, Ph.D. Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations

Research Excellence

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. 
Download the Strategic Plan for Research to learn more about NRUF status and our mission to become a nationally recognized research university.

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

APLU Analysis of the Administration’s FY2014 Budget Request

Increased automated compliance checking is coming to NSF!

Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF has enhanced the FastLane system to begin automated compliance checking of all required sections of proposals.  This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the  NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) ( Chapter II.C.1 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)). 

The GPG-required sections of a proposal include:

Project Summary *

Budget Justification

Project Description

Current and Pending Support

References Cited

Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources

Biographical Sketch(es)

Data Management Plan *


Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)*

* These proposal sections are already being auto-compliance checked by FastLane.

Proposal submission instructions for conferences, symposia or workshops; international travel grants; or program solicitations may deviate from the GPG instructions.  If the submission instructions do not require one of the above sections to be provided, proposers will need to insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable.”  Doing so will enable FastLane to accept the proposal.

Additionally, proposers providing Biographical Sketches and/or Current and Pending Support information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PI(s) or Senior Personnel in a single PDF file associated with the PI, must insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable,” for any co-PI or Senior Personnel so that FastLane will accept the proposal.

PIs will receive a warning message if any of the GPG-required sections is missing, however, the PI will still be able to submit the proposal to the organization’s Sponsored Project Office (SPO).  If the SPO attempts to submit proposal that is missing any of the GPG required sections, they will receive an error message identifying the missing section(s), and FastLane will prevent submission to NSF.  After obtaining all required sections, the SPO may submit the proposal to NSF in accordance with the established deadline date policy.

Proposals submitted through Grants.gov must include all GPG required sections or include a document stating that the section is “Not Applicable.”

We encourage you to share this information with your respective communities so that they are aware of this system enhancement.  Additional information will be posted on the NSF website at:

policy@nsf.gov for any further questions.

Spotlight on Research

Texas State wins prestigious P3 Award from EPA

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A team of students from Texas State University and South China University of Technology has been named one of 15 college teams nationally to receive the prestigious P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Following an initial peer review process, this year’s winners were selected from 45 competing teams after two days of judging by a panel of national experts convened in Washington, D.C., April 21-23 to provide recommendations to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

EPA selected the award-winning projects from the most competitive pool of teams ever, basing its decisions on the potential to provide innovative, cutting-edge sustainable solutions to worldwide environmental problems.

“The competition and expo are not only about EPA’s prestigious P3 Award, but also about supporting the next generation of this country’s innovators and entrepreneurs who are entering the environmental and public health field with passion to make a difference,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Research and Development. “The P3 program gives these students the opportunity to bring those ideas to realization and many have the potential to make significant impacts on our nation’s sustainable future and development of environmental technologies.”

Each P3 award-winning team will receive a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design, apply it to real world applications or move it to the marketplace. Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are marketing the technologies in the U.S. and around the world.

Texas State’s team was honored for its project that converts rice husks, a byproduct of agriculture, into a starter material called lignocellulose for producing fabrics, biofuel and silica nanoparticles.

Other teams receiving the P3 Award represented Appalachian State Universiy, Butte College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gonzaga University, Oregon State University, Princeton University, Santa Clara University, Southern Illinois University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering, University of California-Riverside, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University.