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Research Faculty Initiative

The University of Texas at Brownsville was granted funding through Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) under the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The overall goal of the Research Faculty Initiatives is to establish and strengthen faculty and undergraduate research, particularly in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Faculty are encouraged to apply to either one of the faculty initiative programs, or both. Only one applicant will be selected under each faculty initiative program. Please keep in mind that no one faculty will be awarded under both programs.

How to Apply

Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2012

For more information contact:

Veronica Vera
Coordinator for the Division of Research
BRHPB Rm #2.210
Ph: 956-882-7665
Fax: (956) 882-6810

ResearchResearch Program Planning Group Opportunity (RPPGO)

The main goals of the RPPGO are to:

1) Improve the competitiveness of biomedical research grants applications submitted by faculty members from UTB.

2) Help UTB faculty members transition to the next stages in their research careers.

The long-term goal of this project is to form a cadre of well-established, biomedical researchers to continue the exponential growth of research and to provide advice and guidance to the next generation of biomedical researchers on our campus. 

Faculty selected to participate in this project will be provided with one course release time per semester during the academic year and funding for a consultant. During this period of time, the participant will be expected to work with a consultant who is an established researcher in their field to prepare and submit a grant application. Two applicants will be selected from the pool of applicants annually.

All interested faculty can submit their applications and most current copy of their CV in PDF format by applying here.

ResearchResearch Program Development Working Group (RPDWG)

The main goal of the RDPWG is to:

1) Increase the number of applications submitted

2) Increase the quality of applications submitted

3) Increase the innovativeness of applications submitted via new collaborations

Long-term goals are to substantially increase the research capacity by research clusters of strength that integrate into a larger vision and substantially increase the research funding received by coming up with new ideas and collaborations for future grants. 

The general approach of the RPDWG will be to assemble a group of 12 faculty members and one facilitator from multiple departments and disciplines at UTB and have them meet on a regular basis to discuss research. The group will meet seven times per semester – approximately every other week – to learn about each participant’s research area and form a research clusters among research areas.

Faculty interested in applying will receive one course release per academic semester and will be expected to do the following:

1) Plan the agendas and prepare materials for noon meetings,

2) Organize dates, times, locations and meals for working lunches,

3) Advertise for and recruit faculty to attend meeting,

4) Invite high-level officials who advocate for research at UTB,

5) Facilitate the stimulation of new research ideas and intra-and inter-departmental partnerships during meetings.

The faculty selected will also be responsible for the budget of the RDPWG, which includes funding for travel and other expenses.

All interested faculty can submit their applications and most current copy of their CV in PDF format by applying here.

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