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Office of Research and Innovation

Tarleton State University is committed to encouraging research, scholarship and creative activity. The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is committed to supporting research and scholarly engagement within any discipline, and provide resources to support faculty and student research and scholarly activities. The office encourages all faculty to seek assistance when considering external funding support. 

The primary roles of the office include:

  • Faculty service
    • Grants and contracts
      • Identification of funding opportunities
      • Proposal development
      • Budget development
      • Technical review
      • Proposal routing
      • Proposal submission
    • Research compliance (IRB, IACUC, IBC)
    • Facilitation of collaborative research efforts
    • Training and workshops
  • Student service
    • Grants for student research and scholarship (undergraduate and graduate)
      • Travel grants for research presentation or data collection
      • Stipends to support faculty-student research
      • Grants to purchase research supplies
    • Poster printing

What faculty can expect: Faculty can access the expertise and skills of the Office of Research and Innovation staff at any time. Our knowledge of funding agency or organization culture, proposal development and submission, sponsored project compliance requirements, contract assessment, and budget compliance will help ensure a competitive proposal. The ORI also helps support student-faculty research by offering opportunities for students to receive stipends to assist with research, travel grants to present research or collect data, and grants to purchase research supplies.

 Not sure about the process for a grant proposal or a negotiated contract? Learn more about those processes.

Anticipated Internal Funding Opportunities - FY 2019

Faculty-Student Research and Creative Activity Internal Grant combines into one opportunity:

  • Student travel to present research
  • Student Research Grants (SRGs)
  • Research Assistantships (formerly known as URAs)
  • Faculty Support

Student Travel Grant

  • Grants to reimburse student travel to present research or creative activity
  • Available only to students who do not receive funding from faculty mentors
  • Available each semester beginning Fall 2019

First Year Research Experience

  • Supports first-year students to conduct research with faculty mentor
  • Announcement anticipated for Spring 2020
  • Research completed during the Summer 2020 term

Boards & Committees

The Office of Research and Innovation works with compliance and advisory committees to provide approval processes on research:

Policies & Procedures

Tarleton State University policies governing research are in accord with policies established by the Texas A&M University System. Students and faculty conducting research must abide by a number of polices from the university level to the federal.

Tarleton's Sponsored Projects Administration Procedures handbook provides researchers with guidance on the steps involved in the submission and administration of sponsored projects. The Sponsored Projects Administrative Roles and Responsibilities Matrix also offers information for faculty. Tarleton utilizes Maestro for internal routing of grants; faculty need to submit a Maestro Security Role Access Update form if there is a change in their position with the university.