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Research in the Era of the "New Normal"

The Division of Research works to enhance research opportunities for the whole university and to support university researchers at all levels. We help with grant development, with assistance from A&M's Office of Sponsored Research Services. We maintain the university’s research funding and administration databases; so far for Academic Year 2021 and beyond, sponsors have committed nearly $4.3 million in grant and contract funds to A&M Central Texas researchers among the three colleges and graduate school, the library, and the University Center for Applied Research and Engagement.

Read more about the university's important research in the most recent issue of The Light.



The Division of Research creates a culture of excellence in research, economic development, and innovation for our students, faculty and staff.


The Division of Research leads the innovative planning for research and economic development to enhance the connection between students/faculty/staff, and community needs, at the regional, national and global levels.


We provide support for faculty, staff, and student scholarship through offering connections to TAMU Sponsored Research Services for grant application assistance and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station for research collaboration, through oversight of human subjects research through the Institutional Review Board and of work with biological materials through the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and through compliance and financial monitoring with the MAESTRO project management system. For faculty we provide funding for research and travel through the Faculty Scholarship and Research Committee, and we support student participation in state, TAMU system, and on-campus research presentations. We oversee the University Center for Applied Research and Engagement, which provides faculty and staff opportunities to work on research with local, state, and national governments and nonprofit organizations and to mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Information is available through our office on the IRB, IACUC, IBC, FCOI, MAESTRO, SRS, UCARE, and FAQ support for research questions.

Economic Development

We provide support for programs at Texas A&M University-Central Texas that enhance economic development in the community (e.g., UCARE). Information is available for community links to government agencies, chambers of commerce, and economic development corporations.


We provide students, faculty, and staff support on new and emerging ideas for research and scholarship through our innovation lecture series (new in Fall 2021) and through support for our emerging restricted research program with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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