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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

2015-2017 Accelerate Texas: Scaling and Sustaining Success in Integrated Basic Education and Workforce Training Programs


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ("THECB") is issuing this integrated basic education and workforce training program career pathways grant to support the participation and success of Adult Education and Literacy students transitioning to workforce training programs at community and technical colleges. The purpose of the Accelerate Texas: Scaling and Sustaining Success in Integrated Basic Skills and Workforce Training Programs grant is to increase participation and success of basic skills students and adults who are limited English proficient in workforce training programs that lead to credentials of value in their regional labor market at public two year institutions.

This Addendum replaces, amends, clarifies, or supplements the referenced original solicitation. Specifically, the purpose of this Addendum is to extend the inquiry deadline and submission deadline for proposals.

: Extended to March 5, 2015
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Extended to March 12, 2015

CTE Early College High School initiativeHouse 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. Perkins Perkins 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.

Engineering Recruitment

The Engineering Recruitment Program (ERP) provides scholarship funds to institutions with engineering degree programs and provides grants to engineering departments with summer camps for secondary school students.
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.
FY2016-FY2017 Minority Male InitiativeIn an effort to meet the participation and success goals Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will provide funding to institutions of higher education with large numbers of African American and Hispanic students to support evidence-based, scalable peer-to-peer or near-peer interventions that serve minority male students.
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.
Professional Development ModulesThe Professional Development Modules Program provides funding to eligible higher education institutions to create online professional development about the most effective strategies or "best practices" for improving both teaching and learning in a number of critical areas.
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.
Texas Course RedesignThe project provides funding to eligible institutions of higher education to redesign developmental education and entry-level academic courses using technology to improve student learning outcomes and lower costs. The grant was created by the special session of the 79th Texas Legislature as one of several College Readiness initiatives.
Texas Fund for Geography Education 2016The purpose of the Texas Fund for Geography Education is to provide funding to eligible institutions of higher education to support geography education within the state and to improve geography literacy in the K-12 environment.

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.

Texas Success Initiative Professional Development Program

**ADDENDUM** (Updated 10/15/14) 

The purpose of the TSI PD Program is to design, implement, and operate a statewide professional development system that provides consistent, high quality workshops and trainings to faculty, staff and administrators at Texas public institutions of higher education with an emphasis on innovative strategies in the areas of advising and placement, and instructional redesign. This professional development program must address the recommendations outlined in TSI Operational Plan.

The purpose of this addendum is to extend the submission deadline to October 24, 2014.

Texas Teacher Residency Program 2014The THECB is seeking to award a grant to establish a Texas Teacher Residency Program designed to award teaching residents participating in the program a master's degree and lead to certification for participating teaching residents who are not already certified teachers. This RFA is seeking applications from eligible Texas Public Colleges or Universities that offer State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)-approved educator preparation programs and that have developed a commitment to investing in teacher education by preparing significant numbers of teachers.
FY2016-FY2017 Work-Study Mentorship ProgramTo meet the state's 60x30TX plan goals and targets, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is providing an opportunity to Texas institutions of higher education that provide mentoring or tutoring services to high school and college students. The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $5 million for the biennium to support the Work-Study Student Mentorship Program, first implemented in fall 2007. Data tracked by College Readiness and Success staff at the THECB show that providing grants to student mentors and tutors increases the number of students who pursue and persist in higher education. The funds not only increase graduation rates for students being mentored or tutored, but also increase graduation rates for student mentors. The deadline for submitting the Notice of Intent (NOI) is August 7. The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 21. Applications will not be considered without a NOI.


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.

The links below will take you to CollegeForTexans.com, the Coordinating Board's Web site about going to college.


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