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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)
                                February 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
Interdisciplinary Performance "Intersections" City of San Marcos $500.00 2/2/2015
Non-Despersive Reaction and Separation Processs for Pharmaceutical Synthesis Chemtor, L.P. $84,015.00 2/2/2015
How to Conduct Effective Discrete-Event Projects by using Witness Simulation Language Aearo Technologies, LLC $11,500.00 2/2/2015
Additive Manufacturing Ontology Framework Imaginestics, LLC $7,500.00 2/2/2015
Comal Springs Riffle Beetle Habitat Connectivity Study Bio West, Inc $44,561.84 2/5/2015
TSRF: Texas State University: Project Closing the Gaps for Student Veterans Research Foundation $150,000.00 2/5/2015
Archaeological Survey of the Proposed Vermillion Road Project, Brownsville, TX Sonoma Housing Advisors $5,750.00 2/9/2015
Molecular and Morphological Analysis of Stygobromus sp. Near San Marcos, TX Texas Parks and Wildlife Department $18,996.00 2/9/2015
Texas State University Red Ant Control-Attwater Prarie Chicken NWR US Fish & Wildlife Service $12,400.00 2/11/2015
Exploring Texas with Digital Story Maps Humanities Texas $5,000.00 2/12/2015
Way Ranch Historical Archaeology Peter M. Way $24,000.00 2/23/2015
Improving Patient Experience of Care in the Central Texas Medical Center Central Texas Medical Center $8,000.00 2/23/2015
Texas High-Quality School Emergency Plans Texas Education Agency $1,898,590.00 12/2/2014
Biochemistry Society Outreach 2015 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology $496.00 2/26/2015
February 2015 Monthly Total: $2,271,308.84

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