About the Office

Robert V. Duncan at Texas Tech University

Welcome to Texas Tech Research

Welcome to the website for the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at Texas Tech University in Lubbock!

The office exists to foster an academic environment in which research, instruction, service, and economic development missions are permeated by the joy and rigor of original discovery, creativity, innovation and scholarship.

The OVPR has dedicated staff who work hard to support three main goals:

  • First and foremost, we exist to facilitate the ability of TTU's faculty, students and staff to engage in research, discovery, scholarship and innovation.
  • Second, we strive to create a research-centered academic environment by developing and articulating connections between TTU's research and all of the institution's other activities, and by creating a broader foundation for research support with internal and external stakeholders that brings greater national and international visibility to Texas Tech University.
  • By doing the first two objectives effectively, and by intelligently managing university resources, we aim to help grow and financially sustain TTU's research enterprise.

We perform several functions to meet these objectives, including overseeing research compliance relating to federal, state and local regulations regarding sponsored projects as well as issues relating to the use of human subjects and animals in research; providing proposal submission and award management and proposal preparation services; managing internal funds to invest in seeding research; and collaborating with the TTU System in our joint efforts to protect, manage, market and commercialize TTU's intellectual property.

Furthermore, we actively promote the value and outcomes of TTU's extensive array of research in many ways, including several print and online publications.

One of Texas Tech's truly special attributes is the interdisciplinary nature of the campus. The OVPR contributes to this wonderful aspect of TTU by overseeing and promoting several campus-wide interdisciplinary research centers.

Please feel free to contact me or any of our dedicated staff to find out more about the Office of the Vice President for Research, our organizational structure, or the exciting research and scholarly activities ongoing at TTU.

Thanks for visiting!

Robert V. Duncan Signature

Robert V. Duncan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research