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Research and Project Grants

The Coordinating Board administers grant programs for both students attending college as well as for institutions of higher education in Texas.

Grants for Institutions

CTE Early College High School initiative

House Bill 5, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, places an emphasis on new and different pathways to graduation for Texas high school students. As a result, the commissioners of education, higher education, and workforce collaborated to create the career and technical education (CTE) Early College High Schools (ECHS) initiative. The goals of the initiative aim to provide a much needed emphasis on workforce challenges and opportunities and consider innovative approaches to prepare students and adults for success.

Carl D. PerkinsPerkins Grants are federal funds to improve workforce education. There are Perkins basic grants, categorical grants and discretionary grants. The Coordinating Board also cooperatively administers Tech-Prep, School-to-Work, and other inter-agency initiatives in addition to assisting the Texas Workforce Commission and Council on Workforce concerning community and technical colleges.

Texas College and Career Readiness Standards - English/Language Arts and Mathematics (CCRS-ELAM) Review and Revision Project

The purpose of the CCRS-ELAM Review and Revision Project is to facilitate the review of the English/Language Arts and Mathematics College and Career Readiness Standards using discipline-based vertical teams composed of postsecondary faculty and public school educators, as well as faculty members with career and technical education expertise in those disciplines. The grantee will conduct an online statewide field validation survey to determine the alignment of the CCRS with what is expected by faculty members at Texas public community/technical colleges and universities. Phase I of the project will address the English/Language Arts and Mathematics disciplines.

2018 College Readiness and Success Models for 60x30TX (CRSM-2018)

The purpose of the Comprehensive College Readiness and Success Models for the 60x30TX (CRSM) is to award “funding based on student served” grants that support scaling and enhancing comprehensive strategies and activities to accomplish the priorities of the agency for achieving the goals and targets of the new higher education strategic plan, 60x30TX. To receive funding, eligible applicants will propose projects that implement, enhance, and scale corequisite models to meet or exceed the requirements of HB 2223 (85th Legislature, Regular Session). 

Hospital-Based Nursing Education Partnership Grant (HNEP)The Hospital-Based Nursing Education Partnership Program (HNEP) is a competitive peer-reviewed grant program that was created in 2007 by the 80th Texas Legislature, and received an appropriation of $5 million in 2009 by the 81st Texas Legislature. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of professional nursing education program enrollees and graduates through support for educational initiatives designed to promote collaboration between hospitals and nursing education programs.
Minority Health Research and EducationThe Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program provides funding to eligible higher education institutions for research and educational programs on public health issues affecting one or more minority groups in Texas. The Texas Legislature first established and funded this competitive grant program as a result of the state's Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement in 1999.
Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP)The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program was created by the Texas Legislature in 1987 as competitive, peer-reviewed grant programs to fund scientific and engineering research projects at Texas higher education institutions.
Nursing Innovation Grant ProgramThis program was established by the 77th Texas Legislature to help relieve the state's nursing shortage and is funded by the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement.
Nursing Shortage Reduction ProgramIn 2007, the 80th Legislature appropriated funds to the Coordinating Board for the Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction Program. These funds are given to public and private nursing programs that show an increase in the total number of nursing graduates at all degree levels between September 2005 and August 2007.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Centers for Teacher Professional LearningTHECB awarded grants to establish one or more STEM Center for Teacher Professional Learning to support development and delivery of faculty-led professional learning for in-service Texas K-12 STEM teachers and mid-career degreed individuals who have made a commitment to prepare and become certified as a Texas teacher in a STEM course area. In addition, grantees and the funded STEM Centers for Teacher Professional Learning coordinate related statewide research, serve as experts in related policy development efforts and provide the necessary tools and support for educator preparation programs to plan and implement a successful and balanced STEM teacher preparation curriculum. Efforts include an emphasis on serving diverse and economically disadvantaged student populations.
Teacher QualityThe Teacher Quality Grants Program (TQGP) for higher education is a federally funded effort providing grants to higher education institutions to promote improved instruction in mathematics and science for Texas school children by providing professional development for their teachers.

T-STEM Challenge Scholarship Program

Grants awarded through the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship program (Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Sections 61.9791 through 61.9795) allow community and technical colleges to provide merit-based scholarships to qualifying, high-achieving students in STEM and related fields. Participating colleges partner with local business and industry to identify local employment needs in T-STEM occupations and to develop part-time employment opportunities for scholarship recipients.

Grants and Scholarships for Students

State and federal grants and scholarships provide financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Some grants and scholarships require the student to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) or take certain courses. Most grants are awarded on the basis of financial need.

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