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Internal Funding

Texas State University offers the following internal funding opportunities:

Research Enhancement Program
  • Contact: Michael Blanda, Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs,, 512-245-2314
  • Texas State's Research Enhancement Program is an internally funded grant competition intended to encourage and provide support for faculty research and other creative activities. All full-time Texas State faculty members, tenured or tenure-track, are eligible to apply. Individuals are eligible to apply for a maximum of $8000; two or more eligible faculty, for a maximum of $16,000.
Multi-disciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG)

The MIRG program is part of Texas State University’s strategy to strengthen and enhance research and scholarly activity in the quest to become a tier-one research institution.  Building a research portfolio responsive to the grand challenges of our society is a critical component of this strategy. These challenges are complex and multifaceted. As such, their solutions require multiple perspectives. 

The 2022 MIRG program will support multidisciplinary research projects that are responsive to an external sponsor’s existing research funding opportunity and align with one of the university’s six Big Ideas: Training with AR/VR, Translational Health, Materials with Intelligence, Harnessing Big Data, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, or Human Expression. Competitive proposals will leverage the past work and track record of team members to accelerate a line of research and have clear plans to apply for external funding within six months of completing the MIRG project. 

Please visit MIRG Awardees Announcement for more information.

International Research Accelerator (IRA)

The purpose of the IRA program is to accelerate research that will help achieve two or more of the following outcomes (more competitive proposals will link to multiple areas):

  • Securing additional funding (U.S. based grants or international funds);
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journal;
  • Sustain and enhance partnership under a specific International Research Agreement;
  • Increase student involvement in undergraduate or graduate research;
  • Increase study abroad or research abroad opportunities;
  • Conduct research that has an impact on a real-world problem;
  • Conduct research that has an impact on underrepresented student and/or faculty populations.
Merrick Awards
  • Contact: Provost and Associate Provost’s office. 512-245-2184
  • Guidelines for this program are currently being revised. Please e-mail the Chair for information.
Albert B. Alkek Library, Library Research Grants
  • Contact: Joan Heath, Assistant Vice President for Alkek Library,, 512-245-2133
  • Faculty members who need materials not in the library collection to support their research are invited to submit a proposal for a Library Research Grant. Each year the Alkek Library provides funds to acquire non-curricular materials for this purpose. Although the review process is competitive, most professionally written proposals have been funded in recent years.
  • $20,000 in funding is available. Proposals over $3,000 are unlikely to receive full funding. Materials requested may include books, back issues of journals, electronic resources, AV materials, computer software. Requests should not include current subscriptions, journal articles or multiple copies of materials. Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of the project, a list of needed materials, and the estimated cost.
  • To submit a proposal, use the form at this link.