R&I 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.

R&I Internal Funding Programs

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

Student Opportunities

Student Research Competition

Award Amount: Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for awards up to $800 each to support research conducted in any degree-granting program on campus under the direction of a faculty mentor.
Deadline: April 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. central time
Process: Apply online at https://laserficheforms.tamucc.edu/Forms/FY20R-IStudentResearchCompetition
Funding Period: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020

To support student research, the Division of Research and Innovation offers this student research program. The goal of this program is to support student engagement and success through high impact research experiences that increase students’ competitiveness within the workforce or academic careers upon graduation.

Click here for more information.

Some examples of how the funds can be used:

  • Student research on campus
  • Materials, books, access to data and online tools
  • Research/lab equipment
  • Graduate student tuition (if directly linked to the project)

Some expenses that are not allowed:

  • Student travel
  • Food and beverages not used to conduct research
  • Event giveaways
  • Membership dues not in the name of TAMUCC and for organizations on the lobby list

*Other restrictions may apply. Share your budget with your faculty mentor before applying.


The eligibility criteria are listed below:

  • Plan to be enrolled as a degree-seeking student during the funding period
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree program at TAMU-CC
  • Must have a faculty mentor who will work with you on the project
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Research Image Student Competition

Deadline: October 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. central time

The Division of Research and Innovation is hosting its inaugural student research, scholarship, and creative activity image competition. This competition offers students or teams of students the opportunity to share images of work along with a short description. You may modify images to better show a feature of interest or for creative reasons. We are not accepting gifs or videos this year.  

While we need the submission to be a digital image, it can be a photo or a scan of an original. Some examples of possible submissions (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • A photograph or scan of artwork, for example a 3’ x 4’ painting  
  • Images from a microscope or telescope  
  • A collage of historical events related to a literary text 
  • Visualizations
  • Photographs of animals, people, objects, or anything connected to knowledge production 
  • Charts and graphs 
  • Maps 


Please provide two versions of the image. 

  • Social media version approximately 1200 x 900 pixels 
  • High-resolution version up to 50MB 


Include a description of up to 150 words with your image. In the description be sure to include: 

  • Explain how knowledge-making, technique, or discovery is represented  
  • Describe how the image was created. If it is simply a photo, state that. If you modified the image or created an artwork or collage, offer some explanation. 
  • If you incorporate a creative work by another person in your original work, that work must be open, or you must show you have permission from the creator of that work. See this webpage for more information on copyright. 
  • All images supplied for the contest could be used for future R&I/university publications or events without compensation to the creator. 
  • Each person may only submit one image as an individual or as part of a team. 

Entry Requirements:  

Apply Here!


  • Attach two versions of the image (see above for requirements) 
  • The entry form will ask for: 
    • Your name and signature 
    • Your email address 
    • Graduate or Undergraduate student  
    • Major degree program (if applicable) 
    • Faculty sponsor name and signature 
    • Title of the image 
    • Suggested caption 
    • GIS information if applicable 
    • 250-word description of how knowledge or technique is being created or discovered 
    • Signed (digital signature or scanned) release forms from the creators of the image and any people shown in the image 



The images will be displayed twice during The Division of Research and Innovation’s Research and Innovation Week. 

  1. October 21 at the Research Week Kickoff event, 9-11 a.m. in the UC Anchor Ballroom A and B.  
  2. October 23 during the Research Lab Open House from 12-3:00 in UC Lone Star B and C.  

Award Categories 

  • People’s Choice Award 
  • While displayed, anyone can vote for their favorite images.  
  • The image with the most votes will be awarded. 
  • Panel Judging Award 
  • A panel of guest judges will review the images and select first, second, and third place winners. 

Prizes – All prizes will be credited to the winning students’ SandDollar$ cards.  

  • First Place -- $100 
  • People’s Choice -- $100  
  • Second Place -- $75 
  • Third Place -- $50 

Four different winners will be awarded. If an image wins People’s Choice and first place, it will be awarded first place, and the runner up People’s Choice award will be recognized. If an image is awarded People’s Choice and second or third place, it will be awarded the People’s Choice award.  

Winners will be contacted via email and publicly announced no later than October 31, 2019.  


Visual Impact (10 points) 

A successful entry provides viewers with new insight, is visually striking, and conveys skill in the chosen medium (e.g., photography). It conveys the fundamentals and principles of design and is executed with factual accuracy.  

Effective Communication (10 points) 

A successful entry communicates in a clear and understandable manner. It uses plain language, both written and spoken, in the entry itself and its accompanying text. An entry also must convey the knowledge-making represented in the image 

Freshness and Originality (10 points) 

A successful entry has an individual voice, vitality and energy; creates a novel presentation or tells a compelling story; and portrays insights and methods 

I3-Islanders Innovation Idea Competition

Applicaton: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i3-islanders-innovation-idea-competition-october-22-2019-tickets-74858952141

Bring your innovative idea to this competition to garner feedback and win cash prizes. Breakfast provided.  

Your idea should address an important societal issue in any area. To enter, please prepare a video and/or other graphical illustration of your idea and register no later than October 15.


  • Video can be 30 to 60 seconds in length
  • Videos and graphical illustrations should be ready to present on a thumb drive or through google drive
  • Your idea and presentation will be judged by panel of experts
  • Your presentation must illustrate your idea and answering these questions:

            1. Why is your idea important?

            2. What problems will your idea solve?

            3. What impact will your idea have on our society?

Be prepared for two-minute Q&A session from the judges. No prototype or business plan necessary.

Any student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is welcome to apply for I3 Competition 2019, from freshmen through doctoral students.

Students can participate individually or in group, no more than three people.

For Questions, please contact us at sharmeen.ahmed@tamucc.edu


Faculty Opportunities

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:


The Division of Research and Innovation (R&I) 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.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 and Innovation 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, 2018 and ongoing until funds are exhausted
Funds will be available on September 1, 2019 and must be expended by August 31, 2019
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

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.

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, 2018 and ongoing until funds are exhausted
Funds will be available on September 1, 2018 and must be expended by August 31, 2019 
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, 2019. 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..

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, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2019 and must be expended by August 31, 2020 
Application:  https://laserficheforms.tamucc.edu/Forms/FY20TCRFPost-DocSupportGrant
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. Proposals must include information about existing funding and, if external, approval from OSRA to use those funds as match. Interested faculty and research scientists/fellows who are able to leverage existing post-doc salary should contact Ahmed Mahdy as soon as possible. Please include a short note about the project mentor, work to be performed, and the source of matching funds.

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, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. central time
Award period: Funds will be available on September 1, 2019 and must be expended by August 31, 2020 
Application: https://laserficheforms.tamucc.edu/Forms/FY20TCRFProgramGrant
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. 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: Contact Dan Riechers at daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu
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.


  • 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 R&I reviews and approves them. Applicants may also request the division to recommend pre-approved grant writers and consultants.
  • Upon submission of a proposal, R&I 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 and Innovation 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: $500 to $5,000
Deadline: Application Deadline: December 6, 2019
Number of Awards : 2
Application: https://outreach.tamucc.edu/bi/IMG_Application_Form.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

2019-2020 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: November 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. central time 
Award announced: September 20, 2019 
Award period: Money must be spent by May 15, 2020 
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: 


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 and Innovation."  

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





R&I Internal Funding Style Guide and Policies


For general questions, please contact Daniel Riechers at daniel.riechers@tamucc.edu.


For budget questions, please contact Tuan Phung at tuan.phung@tamucc.edu.  For changes to your approved project, send them both an addendum describing the change and a revised budget with justification.