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 funding: $65,000
Award amount: $2,500 to $5,000; up to $10,000 for interdisciplinary teams from two or more colleges
Full proposal due: March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award announced: April 15, 2019
Award period: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020

The university rule that governs this program: https://academicaffairs.tamucc.edu/rules_procedures/assets/15.01.01.C0.01_admin_of_research_enhancement_program.pdf

The Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach (RCO) administers these funds. Only tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible for RE grants. Proposals must state the research to be completed 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.).

Contact Dan Riechers [ daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu] for assistance preparing submissions as needed. Contact Tuan Phung [ tuan.phung@tamucc.edu] with questions regarding the budget. Key points relevant to this call, evaluation mechanism, and evaluation criteria are found below.

Key points relevant to this award program:

  1. Please apply online: https://laserficheforms.ad.tamucc.edu/Forms/FY20ResearchEnhancementGrantApp
  2. The signatures (e-signature accepted) 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 Research Enhancement or TCRF Program Grant funds every other year. For proposals that continue multi-year, internal funding programs, the restriction is waived for the TCRF program. This waiver will be noted in the call for proposals.
  5. The research enhancement program does not fund projects that are currently or have been recently supported by the university or college research enhancement programs or external funding agencies.
  6. Funding for the same, or substantially the same, research project may not be received from both University and College Research Enhancement Committees.
  7. Travel is limited to that necessary to conduct research and must comply with university and state rules.
  8. 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:

  1. Scholarly merit and feasibility of the project
  2. The project’s adherence to the criteria for “scholarship” in University Rule 12.01.99.C1.04
  3. Overall clarity of the research proposal
  4. Soundness of the research methodology
  5. Contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field
  6. Potential that the project will result in a research product that will be presented to the external scholarly community in the field
  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 (including filing final reports) and budget management in the case of applicants who have previously been awarded Research Enhancement grants

In addition, priority will be given to new and early-career faculty members and to faculty members who are conducting work in new areas. 

 

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

Objective: 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 $1,500 per proposal
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

Objective: 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:March 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2018 and must be expended by August 31, 2019
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Objective: 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: March 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2018 and must be expended by August 31, 2019
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Objective: 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.

Grant Writer and Consultant Program

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

Available funds: Varies
Full proposal due: Ongoing
Award period: Funds will need to be used in the fiscal year for which they are allocated
Application: http://research.tamucc.edu/RCO-forms.html
Objective: To support the development of competitive proposals by faculty members and research scientists/fellows
Eligibility: Faculty members and research scientists/fellows

The program supports faculty members by providing funds to help with proposal development and writing to external research funding opportunities.

Overview

  • Open to proposals from all colleges and research centers and institutes on campus
  • All requests for grant writers or consultant require Dean or Center/Institute Director approval
  • Institutional priorities and research objectives will be considered, for example, campus leadership may decide to dedicate some of the funding to strategic initiatives
  • Applicants may select their own grant writers after RCO reviews and approves them. Applicants may also request the division to recommend pre-approved grant writers and consultants.
  • Upon submission of a proposal, RCO will survey the team to learn the quality of their grant writer or consultant and will review agency comments on all proposals written by contractors.

Review Process:

The Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach will review proposals with the head of the college or center/institute from which the application comes. Criteria:

  • Institutional priority and research objectives
  • Likelihood of success (including time necessary to develop a competitive proposal)
  • Qualifications of the team to complete and submit the proposal
  • Need (startup or IDC should be used first)
  • Supporting funds from department, college, or other
  • Budget of proposal (projects seeking larger amounts of external funding will be supported at a higher level than smaller projects)
  • Funds remaining in the account dedicate to this program

Office of Community Outreach Impact Multiplier Grant

POC: Joseph Miller, Joseph.Miller@tamucc.edu

Available funds: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Application Deadline: November 2, 2018 Award Notification: December 5, 2018
Number of Awards : 2
Application: http://outreach.tamucc.edu/bi/impactmultipliergrant.html
Objective: Impact Multiplier Grants aim to realize this potential and to amplify TAMU-CC’s impact on the local, regional, national, or global community.
Eligibility: Staff and faculty members at TAMU-CC

IMG proposals can be a standalone project, a proof of concept for a larger program, or an extension of an existing program's Broader Impacts. IMG applications will be evaluated on how well TAMU-CC research, knowledge, and activities will be disseminated and applied outside of the University to address economic and social issues. Awarded Impact Multiplier Grants will use research discoveries, educational processes, or institutional activities to create Broader Impacts. This fall, projects that embody a culture of innovation are especially encouraged.

Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant

2018-2019 Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant

The purpose of this program is to support the acquisition or development of capital equipment and infrastructure that will support and increase research activity on our campus.

POC: Daniel Riechers, daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu
Budget Questions Contact: Tuan Phung, tuan.phung@tamucc.edu

Available funding: $50,000
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Number of awards: at least 1
Eligibility:
Research staff and faculty members

Full proposal due: February 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award announced: March 1, 2019
Award period: Money must be spent by May 15, 2019
Budget Information:

  • Matching funds are allowed
  • Items purchased will be the property of TAMU-CC
  • Items purchased must be capital equipment

 Budget items not allowed

  • salary
  • travel
  • maintenance agreements
  • equipment and infrastructure for other institutions

 Budget items allowed

  • equipment
  • instrumentation
  • infrastructure
  • software
  • books (a collection)
  • contact Tuan Phung at phung@tamucc.edu with questions. 

How to Apply 

Proposal must be submitted via Laserfiche online. You will be required to complete a short form and attach the remainder of your proposal as a single pdf. Apply here:

https://laserficheforms.ad.tamucc.edu/Forms/18-19ResearchEquipmentInfrastructureGrant 

Elements of the pdf attachment: 

  1. Title page to include:
    1. Title
    2. Signatures of chair or supervisor and division head
    3. Signature of Director, IT Infrastructure & Research Computing if your proposal will need IT support (software, network or server connection)
    4. Recommend up to two reviewers (at least one must be employed by TAMU-CC) 
  1. Project Summary (300 words). Describe the equipment, the research it will support, and the broader or societal impact. 
  1. Project Description (1,500 words) that includes:

Expand the project summary into a detailed narrative. Some suggested points to include

  • Equipment description
  • Equipment capabilities
  • Equipment use and engagement with researchers, students, community, etc.
  • Educational impact—curriculum, retention, recruitment, student success, etc.
  • Research programs and types that will be supported
  • How the equipment supports departmental, college, and university goals
  • How the equipment will support external proposal development
  • How you will maintain the equipment and who will pay for that maintenance, if required 
  1. References / Bibliography 
  1. Budget List (include a simple table and/or invoice, if available) 
  1. Budget Justification (300 words) 
  1. If building or campus space changes are required, include an FMR form and/or Change Room Type form from Facilities. 
  1. CV (two-page limit) 
  1. Current and Pending Support (internal and external funding, awarded and to which you have applied)

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed using the criteria below.

  1. Potential of the equipment to advance knowledge
  2. Impact of the equipment and associated research and creative activity on campus and the community
  3. Potential growth and support of research programs on campus
  4. Potential use or demand of the equipment at TAMU-CC and with potential partners
  5. Ability of the investigators to manage and maintain the equipment
  6. Appropriateness of the budget

Notes to Applicants

The complete application must be received by the deadline or it will be returned without review. 

Acknowledgement must be included when allowed in all publications (books, bulletins, professional journals, news releases, etc.) resulting from this project stating: 

"This project was supported by a research grant from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach." 

Please forward a copy of all published material resulting from this research effort to the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach. 

Administration of Research Enhancement Program

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