RCO Internal Funding Programs


The following offices and programs offer support for faculty members.


The Office of Academic Affairs

The office of academic affairs also supports research activity. Start by contacting The Center for Faculty Excellence.


College Research Enhancement Programs

Contact your chair or research enhancement committee member for more information.


Departmental Support

Consult with your center director, chair or dean about funds that may be available to support research.


RCO Internal Funding Programs

The following programs are offered by RCO to support research at TAMU-CC. Select the tabs below for details.


Research Enhancement Funding Program

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu

Available funds: $65,000
Number of awards: up to 13
Budget: $2,000 to $5,000, up to $10,000 for interdisciplinary teams
Full proposal due: No later than March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award announced: April 15, 2017
Award period: September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
RFP: RE_Announcement.docx

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty

Proposals must state the research to be accomplished or begun during the award period. Explain in your proposal how the research fits into your research career plans and future research directions. Provide a clear list of the outcomes expected (grant proposals, publications, outreach, pedagogy, etc.).

Activities funded could include those related to:

  • Research projects
  • Course development that includes a research component
  • Courses of study
  • Literature review
  • Novel applications
  • Travel for research (within the U.S.)
  • Student employment

Contact Dan Riechers [ daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu] for assistance preparing submissions as needed. Contact Tuan Phung [ tuan.phung@tamucc.edu] for support preparing the budget as needed. Key points relevant to this call, evaluation mechanism, and evaluation criteria are found below. Please contact your dean about course release time if required.


Key Points:


  1. Please use the appropriate forms to prepare your proposal: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
  2. The signatures of your college dean and department chair are required on the application by the deadline or your application will be returned unread.
  3. Only tenured or tenure-track faculty can apply for RE funds.
  4. You can only be awarded RE, International Travel or TCRF (Texas Comprehensive Research Fund) Program Grant funds every other year.
  5. Research Enhancement program does not provide funding for projects that are currently or have been recently supported.
  6. Travel will normally be limited to travel necessary to conduct the research. International travel is only allowed using International Research Travel Grant funds.
  7. The University Research Enhancement Committee will review RE proposals. The University Research Enhancement Committee consists of two representatives elected by each of the colleges to serve for two years with staggered terms. The Vice President for the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach chairs the University Research Enhancement Committee, serves as a non-voting member and provides administrative support to the Research Enhancement Program. Primary evaluation criteria are found below.

Primary Evaluation Criteria:


  1. Scholarly merit and feasibility of the project
  2. For research enhancement, the project’s adherence to the criteria for “scholarship” in University Statement 12.01.99.C1.04
  3. Overall clarity of the research proposal
  4. Soundness of the research methodology
  5. Indication that the project will advance knowledge in the field
  6. Potential that the project will result in a research product that will be presented to the external scholarly community
  7. Reasonableness of the work plan
  8. Appropriateness of the proposed budget in terms of the work plan and anticipated outcomes
  9. The record of previous project completion and budget management in the case of applicants who have previously been awarded Research Enhancement grants
  10. For interdisciplinary proposals research enhancement proposals seeking $10,000 — convincing explanation provided of how the project is interdisciplinary.

TCRF Proposal Submission Incentive Program

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu

Available funds: Up to $1,500
Number of awards: Based on availability of funds
Deadline: After June 1, 2017 and ongoing until funds are exhausted
Funds will be available on September 1, 2017 and must be expended by August 31, 2018
Proposal not required—contact Dan Riechers with your request

Ojective: To encourage faculty and research scientists/fellows who have not submitted a proposal from TAMU-CC since September 1, 2015, to write and submit a proposal
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows

Applicants can request funds between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 for assistance after September 1, 2017 with submitting a proposal. The proposal must be for more than $5,000. The funds can be used by the faculty and research scientists/fellows for research-related expenditures. For example, travel to a workshop or conference to conduct research (student and international travel are not allowed), travel to meet with a program officer or support for a student-worker to assist with research and scholarship. Proposal plans will be reviewed for likelihood of success and, if funded, must use the offered support by August 31, 2018.

TCRF Proposal Resubmission Incentive Program

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu

Available funds: Up to $2,500
Number of awards: Based on availability of funds
Deadline: After June 1, 2017 and ongoing until funds are exhausted
Funds will be available on September 1, 2017 and must be expended by August 31, 2018
Proposal not required—contact Dan Riechers with your request

Ojective: To encourage faculty and research scientists/fellows to resubmit a proposal rejected within that last 18 months
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows who have recently been denied an external grant of at least $100,000, with a strong possibility of funding if resubmitted

This program supports activities leading to a stronger resubmission. Requests for these funds should be combined with matching support from startup funds, department heads or college deans. The PI must meet with Dan Riechers to create a plan for revision that meets a grant application deadline before July 15, 2018. Only expenses that directly impact the development of an improved resubmission will be considered, such as professional grant writers, travel to meet with program managers or salary for the assistance of a graduate student. Proposal plans will be reviewed for likelihood of success and, if funded, must use the offered support by August 31, 2018.

TCRF Post-Doctoral Support Program

POC: Ahmed Mahdy, ahmed.mahdy@tamucc.edu

Available funds: $30,000 per award
Number of awards: up to 2
Full proposal due:Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. central time, no exceptions
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2017 and must be expended by August 31, 2018
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Ojective: To increase the number of post-doctoral fellows on the TAMU-CC campus
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows

The program will support a portion of up to two post-docs at $30,000 each. The faculty member or research scientists/fellows writing the proposal must secure the additional funds required to fully fund a post-doc for the award period. The funded post-doc must

  • Present their work at least once to the campus community
  • Work with the research development office to prepare at least one new proposal submission
  • Participate in an activity with the campus outreach office (e.g. speak at a summer camp, share their expertise with the local community, etc.)
  • Report on these activities to the hiring department and the research office
  • Teaching is optional but encouraged if it is standard practice for your discipline, please coordinate with respective academic units

A full proposal must be submitted electronically by the deadline to Daniel Riechers. Proposals must include PI information and a brief statement about existing funding. The application for this call can be found at RCO Forms on the Research Office website. Interested faculty and research scientists/fellows who are able to leverage existing post-doc salary should contact Ahmed Mahdy as soon as possible.

TCRF Program Development

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu

Available funds: up to $20,000 per award
Number of awards: 5
Full proposal due: Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. central time, no exceptions
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2017 and must be expended by August 31, 2018
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Ojective: To provide faculty members and research scientists/fellows with funding to conduct preliminary research or scholarship that allows the PI to move into a new area of research and scholarship, particularly one that involves interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows

The proposal must include a clearly stated plan for later submission of a proposal to a federal or state agency or to a foundation that funds the PI’s new area of research and scholarship. This call requires that a full proposal be submitted electronically. These projects will be funded at up to $20,000. The application and other forms can be found at RCO Forms on the Research Office website. Support of graduate students is strongly encouraged.

International Research Travel Grant

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu

Available funds: up to $5,000 per award
Number of awards: 3
Full proposal due: Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. central time, no exceptions
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2017 and must be expended by August 31, 2018
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Ojective: To encourage faculty and research scientists/fellows to conduct international research
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows

The review criteria:

  • Demonstrate that it will be difficult for the research to be undertaken without traveling internationally. A list of examples:
    • A tool such as the large hadron collider that only exists outside of the U.S.
    • An archive that has not been digitized
    • An archive that has been digitized but your research requires physical interaction with the artifacts
    • A laboratory that offers a unique combination of tools and expertise that is required for your work—but show that you must be present and cannot simply ship samples, for example
    • A performance, event or activity unique to a specific site
  • Discuss project or research outcomes, including further research programs or activities that will enhance the reputation of the PI, department, college and TAMU-CC
  • Name at least one external funding opportunity and your brief plan for applying during the fiscal year in which the travel occurs
  • List any international presentations that will occur while on travel and the expected audience for the presentations
  • Provide a budget that can include transportation; lodging; meals; fees to access equipment, archives, or other tools; or other research-related expenditures
  • List in the budget other funds that will be used to support the research—departmental, college, university
  • Student travel will not be supported

The travel plan must be approved by the RCO Business Manager prior to travel. All university and TAMUS travel guidelines must be followed.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach, the Associate Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach, and an ad hoc committee.


Administration of Research Enhancement Program

For general questions, contact Daniel Riechers, ( daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu).