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Growth Continues in Texas State Research Enterprise


Continuing a trend over the past several years, Texas State saw growth in all expenditure categories related to Research & Sponsored Programs in FY18. Texas State produced new institutional benchmarks for both Restricted Research and Total Research and Development Expenditures. In FY18, Total Research and Development Expenditures were $64.3 million, and Restricted Research Expenditures were $35.5 million, representing approximately six and seven percent increases, respectively, over FY17.

As a reminder, Total Research and Development Expenditures are the sum of expenditures from a combination of internal and external funds. These funds support only research functions and reflect the research enterprise in its entirety. Restricted Research Expenditures, however, are expenditures solely from external awards.

These two metrics are key components for assessing progress toward the institutional goals of establishing National Research University Funding (NRUF) eligibility, determining our institutional allocations from the Core Research Support Fund, and impacting our research designation under the Carnegie Classification of research institutions.

Furthermore, over the past five years, Restricted Research Expenditures have increased by 69 percent and Total Research and Development Expenditures by 64 percent, demonstrating consistent progress toward our institutional goals of achieving NRUF eligibility and R-1 status.  To put this five-year performance in Restricted Research Expenditures into perspective, the average was 35 percent among the cohort of Emerging Research Universities.

To help sustain our momentum in research expenditures Texas State faculty submitted over 600 proposal submissions for external funding in FY18. This total established a new institutional record for proposals submitted in a single fiscal year.

During the first quarter of the current FY19 fiscal year, Restricted Research and Total Research and Development Expenditures were at or above FY18 values for the same period. This is a good start to the new fiscal year and reflects hard work and dedication on the part of all those who contribute to this important university mission.