Texas Tech University

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 Institutional Review Board 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 Research Development Team. Grants.gov 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.

Research Development Team

The Research Development Team (RDT) works with faculty members to form new on-campus research working groups, as well as assisting collaborations across campus, the state, the nation and internationally. Research teams are most successful when the proposal development process is started well in advance of the funding announcement. RDT meets with teams as early as possible, even if no agency or program solicitation has been identified. RDT will assist in determining the needs of each team and propose ways to provide assistance. Each research team and proposal is different, so the role of RDT will vary.

RDT is available to assist new faculty. The team will meet one-on-one with new faculty to provide the following services:

  • Setting up automatic grant opportunity announcements tailored to faculty research expertise and interests
  • Identifying the resources and tools available in the OVPR
  • Providing collaborative opportunities

Limited Submissions

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. RDT manages all limited submissions. 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.

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 Amy Cook in the Office of Research Services at amy.cook@ttu.edu.

The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) is available to assist faculty with intellectual property patenting and licensing questions. Please copy Amy Cook in ORS on any communication with ORC.

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. The Proposal Support Program assists faculty submitting extramural funding proposals by providing funds that match support from the faculty member's department and/or college. The Proposal Review Program provides faculty with feedback on a grant proposals that will improve the quality of the proposal before it is submitted to the funding agency. The Transdisciplinary Research Academy is designed to bring people with diverse interests together to explore questions that have a global impact and intersect with the strategic research themes established by the university.

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

The Targeted External Faculty Awards Program promotes and supports the nomination of faculty fore honors and 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 offer incentives for receiving some of these awards. The OVPR also encourages all departments to nominate deserving faculty for discipline-specific awards and distinctions.