Finding Funding

There are a variety of federal, state, private and internal sources of support for research, scholarship and creative activity. Sponsored projects can involve several areas of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The Office of Research Services (ORS) is involved with every sponsored project on campus.

Some grants will require specific forms and/or training through the Office of Responsible Research, the Human Research Protection Program or the Animal Care and Use Committee. It is important to note that Texas Tech may have different human subjects and animal use policies and procedures than your previous institution. Please contact the appropriate office before submitting a grant proposal.

Gifts and Sponsored Projects

Sponsored research and gifts can both often provide research funding. ORS works closely with Institutional Advancement to determine a project’s classification. If you have questions, contact ORS or your college development officer. To receive credit for any research funding, you must submit a routing sheet to ORS for processing, even if the development of the funding occurred through your development officer.

External Funding

There are a variety of resources to find funding. All sources are available on the OVPR Funding Resources Web page. Community of Science (COS) Pivot provides federal as well as foundation opportunities and is recommended as a primary source of finding funding. Texas Tech has a membership to COS Pivot. For questions regarding this system, contact the Office of Research Services. is another source of federal funding opportunities. TexasOnline will provide Texas state agency funding opportunities. Information on grant-making foundations in the U.S. can be found at the Foundation Center website.

Some sponsors limit the number of proposals that will be accepted from an institution. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will state specifically if it limits the number of submissions. Texas Tech manages all limited submissions through the OVPR. The OVPR maintains a list of limited submission opportunities. When a limit is imposed, the university will require a notice of intent from those interested in submitting a proposal in response to that particular RFP. If more notices are received than the institutional limit allows, an internal competition will be held. As with all proposals for sponsored projects, proposals for limited submission programs are not authorized to leave the university without review and approval from ORS.

Research Development Team

The Research Development Team (RDT) works with faculty members to win large grants. The team works primarily with multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional teams applying for complex, large grants of $1 million or more. The RDT also assists in coordination between Texas Tech researchers and colleagues at other institutions. RDT also managed all limited submissions.

Industry/Corporate Sponsored Research

Industry and commercial organizations are a valuable source of research support. While the university encourages faculty interaction with their counterparts in industry, faculty members must recognize the potential for conflicts of interest. Any faculty member receiving funding from industry or corporations must file investigator financial disclosure documents.

If funding is coming from an industry source, ORS provides important forms for both the researcher and the industry sponsor. Those forms include:

  • TTU policies for industry sponsors
  • Standard agreement for industry sponsors
  • Nondisclosure agreement (2-way)
  • Nondisclosure agreement (1-way)
  • Material Transfer Agreement

Please note that policies and procedures about industry and corporate sponsored research may be different from your previous institution. For questions on these policies and procedures, please contact Jennifer Horn in the Office of Research Services at

The Texas Tech University System Office of Research, Commercialization and Federal Relations (ORCFR) is available to assist faculty with intellectual property patenting and licensing questions. Please copy Jennifer Horn or Amy Cook in ORS on any communication with ORCFR.

Internal Funding

There are some internal funding resources available to faculty.  All can be found on the OVPR’s Faculty Awards Web page.

The internally funded Scholarship Catalyst Program is designed to support research and scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Two internal faculty awards are designed to financially reward the research, scholarship, creative endeavors and teaching of Texas Tech faculty:

The Targeted External Awards for Faculty Web page lists fellowships and other awards that garner national prestige for Texas Tech University. The awards are recognized by the Center for Measuring University Performance, the American Association of Universities and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research are offering incentives for receiving some of these awards.