Research Funding in Texas
Scientific research conducted at higher education institutions is vital for identifying and developing new knowledge that leads to groundbreaking innovations. Innovation drives the state’s economy and improves quality of life. High-quality, effective, and efficient research efforts require the appropriate level of funding, including from the federal government, the major source of research funds. Strong programs for all types of research – basic research, applied research, and technology transfer – build on one another, making them paramount to a strong economy. Strong research programs also provide state-of-the-art educational opportunities for students and attract the best faculty. For a complete overview of Research Funding in Texas or Research Appropriations , click on either of the following inks: Research Summary; Research Funding Awards.
Total Research Expenditures
Annual report summarizing total research expenditures based on all research conducted at Texas institutions of higher education. The purpose of this section is outlined in Texas Administrative Code Sections 13.300 to 13.304.
Research expenditures have been collected as a part of the Academic Sources and Uses Survey Our most recent published reports are available below:
Restricted Research Expenditures
Guidelines for establishing standards and accounting methods for determining restricted research expenditures, for reporting verified restricted research expenditures to the Comptroller of Public Accounts, for reporting how funds were expended during the fiscal year, for auditing the reported restricted research expenditures, and for appealing decisions relating to restricted research expenditures.
Funding and Programs
Qualifying Institutional Funds
National Research University Fund (NRUF)
The NRUF program provides a dedicated, independent, and equitable source of funding to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve national prominence as major research universities.
Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP)
TRIP provides matching funds to assist eligible public institutions in leveraging private gifts for the enhancement of research productivity and faculty recruitment. Eligible Public Institutions are institutions of higher education designated as an emerging research university under the Coordinating Board's Accountability System or a university affiliated entity of an emerging research university. The program purpose is outlined in Texas Administrative Code.
Institutional Allocated Funds
Core Research Support Fund (CRSF)
Eligible institutions: emerging research institutions
The CRSF supports increased research capacity at eligible public universities and distributes funds by a set formula allocation to support faculty including individual projects, such as laboratory and equipment upgrades and graduate student tuition. The distribution formula is based on both total research expenditures and restricted research expenditures. The program purpose is outlined in Texas Education Code Chapter 62, Subchapter F-1.
Texas Comprehensive Research Fund (TCRF)
Eligible institutions: doctoral, comprehensive, and master's institutions
The TCRF supports increased research capacity at eligible public universities, distributing funds by a set formula allocation to support faculty including individual projects, such as laboratory and equipment upgrades and graduate student tuition. The distribution formula is based on restricted research expenditures. . The program purpose is outlined in Texas Education Code Chapter 62, Subchapter E.
Reports on Expenditures under TCRF and CRSF
Institutions that received funds from the Texas Comprehensive Research Fund (TCRF) or the Core Research Support Fund (CRSF) -- and from the Research Development Fund, RDF, in years up to fiscal year 2015 (see section "History" below) -- must report the manner in which they used the appropriated funds in the preceding fiscal year. Institutions should use the Usage Report Form to report to the Coordinating Board by December 1 of each year.
- Expenditures under Texas Comprehensive Research Fund (TCRF) and Core Research Support Fund (CRSF) FY 2018
- Expenditures under Texas Comprehensive Research Fund (TCRF) and Core Research Support Fund (CRSF) FY 2017
- Fiscal Year 2016
Texas Research University Fund (TRUF)
Eligible institutions: research universities
TRUF provides funds to Texas' research universities with total research expenditures above $450 million. TRUF supports faculty, to ensure excellence in instruction and research. The distribution of funds is based on a three-year average of total research expenditures. The program purpose is outlined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 62 Subchapter C.
Institutional Competitive Funds
Autism Grant Program
State appropriations provide grant support for autism research centers at institutions of higher education, which currently provide evidence-based behavioral services and training.
Policies, Reports and Resources
Intellectual Property Policies
Information and guidelines for Texas public higher education institutions to develop and maintain policies on intellectual property.
Strategic Plans for Research and Emerging Research Universities
Institutional guidelines for submission of a Strategic Plan for Achieving Recognition as a Research University.
Human Stem Cell Research
Annual report regarding human stem cell research, obtained from Coordinating Board's inventory of all institutional and programmatic research activities. The report is due to the legislature by January 1 of each year. The purpose of this report is outlined in Texas Education Code, Chapter 61 Subchapter C. Our most recent published reports are available below:
University Funding for Excellence in Specific Programs and Fields
Incentive grants may be awarded to raise the quality of programs to the level of national excellence. Eligible institutions are general academic institutions that are not state colleges, research universities, or emerging research universities. The purpose of these awards are outlined in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 5, Subchapter H
One-Time Incentive Award: Institutions may become eligible for a one-time award for a program that has already achieved national excellence.
Benchmark Award: Grants may be awarded based on an institution's demonstrated commitment to developing a degree program or improving the quality of an existing program by reaching benchmarks established by external consultants.
- Benchmark Award Instructions
- Benchmark Award Recommendation Form