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National Research University Fund

House Bill 51, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, Regular Session, and codified as Texas Education Code (TEC) 62.141-62.144, established the National Research University Fund (NRUF) "to provide a dedicated, independent, and equitable source of funding to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve national prominence as major research universities." The Coordinating Board was required to develop standard methods of accounting and reporting for the eligibility requirements established in statute.

House Bill 1000, passed by the 82st Texas Legislature, Regular Session revised existing statute and established a timeframe for institutions to meet the eligibility criteria needed for fund distribution, revised reporting requirements, and stipulated a mandatory audit of eligible institutions.

Eligibility
Eligibility of funds is based on an institution meeting benchmarks in the following categories, as identified in the legislation. The institution:

  1. must be designated as an emerging research university in the Coordinating Board's accountability system;
  2. must have expenditures of at least $45 million in restricted research; and
  3. must comply with four of the following:
     A.  $400 million endowment annually;
     B.  200 PhD degrees awarded annually;
     C.  freshmen class with high academic achievement;
     D.  membership in Association of Research Libraries, Phi Beta Kappa or equivalent national recognition;
     E.  high quality faculty;
     F.  commitment to high quality graduate education.
National Research University Fund Report
March 2015
April 2014
February 2013
February 2012
March 2011

National Research University Fund (NRUF) Allocations
The fund allocation per fiscal year for each eligible institution, is equal to one-seventh of money appropriated for distribution plus an equal share, up to one quarter, of the remaining appropriation. The appropriated money equals to 4.5 percent of the NRUF investment, calculated at the average market value of the fund for the last 12 fiscal quarters. The average market value of the NRUF investment, as calculated for fiscal year 2015 was $631 million. The appropriated money for fiscal year 2015 is $28.4 million. The fund allocations for eligible institutions are listed in Texas Research Appropriations.

Review of Doctoral Degree Programs
An emerging research university that opts for Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rule 15.43(b)(3)(E)(iii) review (for eligibility criterion 3.E), "the comprehensive review of the faculty in five of the institution's doctoral degree programs" or TAC rule 15.43(b)(3)(F)(iii) review (for eligibility criterion 3.F), "the comprehensive review of five of its doctoral degree programs", must notify the Coordinating Board at least one year in advance of the next scheduled report to the Legislature in order to ensure sufficient time to identify out-of-state consultants, organize and schedule site visits, and draft reports on each doctoral program. Use form Doctoral Program Nomination Form to request the review.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Link to a FAQ Document 

Law and Rules
Links to the NRUF Laws and Rules.


For more information, contact:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Academic Quality and Workforce
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711

Reinold R. Cornelius, PhD
Assistant Director
512-427-6156
reinold.cornelius@thecb.state.tx.us 

 


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