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The International Research Accelerator (IRA)

The IRA Application: An Internal Funding Opportunity at Texas State University


International Research Accelerator Application Guidelines

I.    Application

A five-page double space narrative with 1- inch margins and 12-point font (Times New Roman) that includes the following elements and addresses the review criteria listed in section II below:


Research Plan

Budget Request (up to $15,000) and Justification

A two-page single space vita (1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font) for each applicant on the proposal that highlights research outcomes with an emphasis on international work previously conducted.

NOTE: The narrative and vita(s) should comprise a single PDF document and MUST be submitted through the online InfoReady System:

For technical assistance with the online application, please contact Dr. Yongxia Xia in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at or 245-2314.

Submission deadline is April 1st
Review deadline is April 26th
Funds available by May 15th

II.    Proposal Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Current stage of the research project
  • Record of accomplishment of the researcher(s)
  • Capability of the researcher(s) to accomplish the work
  • Likelihood that IRA funds 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.
  • Overall quality of proposal


III.    Award Information

A unique account will be set up for each funded project. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will send a request for new account form to the Principal Investigator.


IV.    Post Award Requirement

All recipients of the IRA must provide a 5-10-page final report summarizing the accomplishments and challenges associated with the funded research project no later than 14 months after the award was granted. Status updates and/or progress reports may be required as a condition of the award and will depend on the scope of the research project.
For additional information about the IRA program, please contact Dr. Michael Blanda, Assistant VP for Research ( or Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman, Associate VP for Academic Affairs (